Is this the price we pay for progress?
Taking one step forward for every six we take back
Does your dirty oil-stained money make you happy
Do you just wan't to be remembered?
Book your place in history (you will be)

Reform, reform
Oh you are taking apart what we made
With our hands and our hearts

Our hands and our hearts are not just tools to ply your trade
Theyre ours to live our lives with
and you're taking them away
So feel free to wrap your hands around my neck
I feel free to do the same (feel free, surround your house with gates)
Feel free to do the same

Reform, reform
Oh you are taking apart what we made
With our hands and our hearts
Mr Beeching I put it to you you're driving a stake through the land of our hands and our hearts
further to this there is nothing you can say

Reform Reform you are taking apart what we made with our hands and our hearts


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    General CommentThe guy who tried to reform the Rail Service. I don't think they like him!
    yonni_manon February 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPretty easy one, bunch of people tearing down what others worked so hard to make. Maybe like building demolition or similar. "Do you just want to be remembered" implies that its a sort of government operation as well.
    DarkQuillon February 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Reshaping of British Railways was a government-commissioned report regarding the closure of thousands of local railway stations across Britain, which essentially sent large chunks of the country back to the 19th Century in terms of accessibility and essentially doomed the 'idyllic village' forever. The move was angrily protested against by most of the rural population of Britain, as well as the rail workers, and this song is an embodiment of that anger.

    :)
    Phangon July 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentExcellent, excellent song. I love when the choir joins in "reform, reform"... it's almost like all of the rail workers singing together, don't you think?
    As to the meaning, well, I think Phang pretty much hit the nail on the head
    stinaaahon October 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLyrics are wrong though - it should be "Further to this, there is nothing I would rather do than to run said stake into your chest"
    stinaaahon October 23, 2008   Link

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