"20% Amnesia" as written by and Elvis Costello....
What is your destiny? the police woman said....(20% amnesia)
The word that she wanted was destination i`m afraid (20% amnesia)
This is your future boy, this is your fate (20% amnesia)
And you`re obsolete and they can`t afford to educate you (20% amnesia)

In his bedtime boot boy jersey
Ringing up some fantasy tart
Give me strength or give me mercy
Life intimidates art

[Chorus:]
Give me strength or give me mercy
Don`t let me lose heart
From rage to anesthesia
Twenty percent amnesia

Were you passed out on the sofa (20% amnesia)
While justice was bartered by a drunken oaf? (20% amnesia)
This is all your glorious country thinks of your life (20% amnesia)
Stripped jack naked with a Stanley knife (20% amnesia)

So the German queen went home again
But she couldn't find forgiveness
They made a fist of her hand of friendship
But it`s only business

[Chorus]
The wine you drink has never seen a grape
And now your sci-fi suit has lost its shape
But its a dangerous game that comedy plays
Sometimes it tells you the truth, sometimes it delays it

Think back, think back if you still can
When the trumpet sounded and the world began
Somebody said "we must have won"
So they started burying the boogeyman

Mister Gorbachev came cap in hand (20% amnesia)
From a bankrupt land to a bankrupt land (20% amnesia)
Mister Gorbachev and some other fella (20% amnesia)
Were taken to a show called "Cinderella" (20% amnesia)
It wasn't an accident, it wasn't a mystery (20% amnesia)
It was calculated and the rest is history (20% amnesia)

You don`t have to listen to me
That`s the triumph of free will
When there are promises to break
And dreams to kill

[Chorus]


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"20% Amnesia" as written by Declan Macmanus

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    General CommentI can do no better than to quote the man himself: "`20 Amnesia' is about those "little things" that people forget. Like at the last election [1992] when an opportuniity for change presented itself - not a particularly attractive alternative, admittedly - and then suddenly a 20% tax bribe entered the equation and overnight people lost their fucking nerve!"
    At the time of writing it looks like people are going to make a wrong decision at the ballot box for similar reasons!
    imrazoron April 08, 2010   Link

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