"Observations" as written by and Kevin Cawley Ayers....
Guess you know by now or at least you should
There is no volunteer for the common good
Still waiting for the Savior to appear
But He's s not here
And no one's coming down to save your soul
You're the only ones who can assume that role
But your minds are empty and you've lost control
To the ones who sell you dreams
To fill that hole

Some of us I know seem to have much more
Born with a key to every door
Distribution of fortune seems unfair
Same everywhere
And those who have they just want more
Using other peoples weakness to increase their score
Do you really know who you're working for
It's not for one another and that s for sure

Guess you know by now or ac least you should
There is no volunteer for the common good
Still waiting for that Savior to appear
But He's still not here
And no one's s coming down to save your soul
You're the only ones who can assume that role
But your minds are empty
And you've lost control
To the ones who sell you dreams
To fill that hole


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"Observations" as written by Kevin Cawley Ayers

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    General CommentKevin's most overtly left-wing song.
    He begins by noting that leaders by their nature have the greater interest in improving their own personal portfolio than in any self-professed altruism. He particularly targets religion, specifically christianity with its incarnation and martyrdom. He goes on to strike at politicians and advertisers (doctors of dreaming) who distract from the true evils of a society based on exploitation, replacing focus with entertainment (drugs) and controversy [end of first stanza].
    Kevin states the basic unfairness of the social structure, reiterating that those in power, posessing privelage, expolit and use, in order to exaggerate the discrepency between rich and poor. To him, this 'class struggle' is worldwide. "You/we do not work for one another" is his most blatant statement of the rigid class system where the many work for the few (rather than for a communal public good). [End of second stanza].
    Very much a didactic, educational song--more than just the typical "Kevin Ayers shares his philosophy of life" song.
    At this period in his life, Kevin (allegedly) had a problem with a white, powdered pharmaceutical, the recovery from which greatly influenced this album. His anger at those who exploited this vulnerablility is apparent in this song. He takes more responsiblity in his choice of the album's title.
    Malwurfon April 17, 2005   Link

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