"Leaders Of The Free World" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey, Mark Potter, Craig Lee Potter, Richard Barry Jupp and Peter James Turner....
I'm sick of working for a living
I'm just ticking off the days till I die
Oh, I miss you Louise, yeah
And the sickest little pleasures keep me going in between pulling teeth

Oh periscope up
I've been looking for a ladder
I need to see the commander in chief
And remind him what was passed onto me

Your mum don't sleep!
And the friends you keep!
I didn't raise a thief!
I didn't raise a thief!

But the leaders of the free world
Are just little boys throwing stones
And it's easy to ignore
Till they're knocking on the door of your homes

My thinking isn't driven
But the music always gives me a lift
I'm so easy to please, yeah
But I think we dropped the baton like the 60's didn't happen, oh no!

Oh periscope up
Should be looking for a ladder
I need to see the commander in chief
And remind him what was passed onto me

Your mum don't sleep!
And the friends you keep!
I didn't raise a thief!
I didn't raise a thief!

But the leaders of the free world
Are just little boys throwing stones
And it's easy to ignore
Till they're knocking on the door of your homes

But the leaders of the free world
Are just little boys throwing stones
And it's easy to ignore
Till they're knocking on the door of your homes

Passing the gun from father to feckless son
We're climbing a landslide where only the good die young
Passing the gun from father to feckless son
We're climbing a landslide where only the good die young


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"Leaders of the Free World" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

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    General CommentI think the "Passing the gun from Father to Feckless son" is in reference to Bush Sr and Bush Jr.... terrorists in their own rights.
    Themactatoron July 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlouise is my sister. she was having a bad day when i penned it. its a totally selfish red herring with nothing to do with the rest of the song.
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    munroekellyon July 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdur, clearly another song against Bush. Though I think this time, Guy wants to directly tell him what he's doing wrong
    pumkinhedon September 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh and the first of the last two lines "Passing the gun from father to feckless son" was probably taken from the little postlude of "Fugitive Hotel"
    pumkinhedon September 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentincredible song. yeah about bush etc, obviously. like the 60s didnt happen, the business driven world we now inhabit were socialism or left wing politics don't exist anymore.
    liamoon October 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentincredible song. yeah about bush etc, obviously. like the 60s didnt happen, the business driven world we now inhabit were socialism or left wing politics don't exist anymore.
    liamoon October 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis there an echo in here?
    liamoon October 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs there an echo in here?
    robbro7on February 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah... I'm not against Bush but I love this song even though I don't agree with the main gist of it... but the music, everything is genius. When I heard 'snowball' on Help! A Day in the Life charity CD, I had to listen to more of Elbow and heard this song, and now I'm hooked.
    Purifiedxon June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWe just bought the CD and god they're fantastic!
    louisagiffardon June 17, 2006   Link

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