Sweet brother malcolm
he's under house arrest, it's the talk of the town
who would of thought it of him

Sweet cousin mary
no blood in her veins
she had so much
now nothing remains

When it all comes crashing down
and the prayers move in to town
bring your floral words
wrapped in selafane

Sweet little Tony
where did it all go wrong
he hit the wall, singing his favourite song

When it all comes crashing down
and the prayers move in to town
bring your floral words
wrapped in selafane

Watch them move out as fast as they can
leave the broken hearted with their pain

Sweet brother malcolm
he's under house arrest, it's the talk of the town
who would of thought it of him

Sweet angel mary
no blood in her veins
wheres this life
the madness remains
where theres life, madness will reign
madness will reign



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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. It's based on a few made-up stories that could basically happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. Richard said something about seeing bunches of flowers by a lamp post and wondering about the story behind it.

    Btw, I'm fairly certain that the line in the chorus goes...
    'And the press move into town'

    This is referred to again in the middle section...
    'Watch them move out as fast as they can
    Leave the broken hearted with their pain'

    This couplet refers to the way that the press tends to linger around families that have recently suffered some kind of tragedy, rather than letting them deal with their grief in their own way. I've always thought that was disgusting, and yet people seem to just let it happen. I'm glad that Richard has picked up on that.
    Songmeaningsuseron April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnd I can't help thinking that the third verse is about Tony Blair...
    Songmeaningsuseron September 27, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'and the press move into town', i agree...also im feeling this song is a little religious as is becoming more common in ashcrofts work, anyone agree?
    mally1on February 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs it not anything to do with Malcolm X?
    andybrown_10on February 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is the only shit richard ashcroft song
    dburgesson July 04, 2007   Link

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