A prisoner of my paradox
Heaven or hell
Pacing up and down my cage
It's too soon to tell
What a suffocating state to be

Working class heroes
Mean nothing to me
I'm a working class zero
Chained to the tree of life
A dangerous thing to be

And now the baby needs to grow
But the mother is crazy

What lies behind the mask
Behind the wave and the smile
Your appearance is deceptive
Sweet crocodile
What a fascinating thing to see

Revealing all your secrets
You'd better beware
Revealing all your secrets
You wouldn't dare
Reveal yourself to me
Would you?

It must have been like this before
But my memory's hazy

So I'll stand in line
With all the desperados
There's hope for me
For some the story's different
They'll stand in line
They'll bide their time
Waiting for a sign
Counting out the time

Clever, clever creatures
Death in your kiss
Playing with the future
In innocent bliss
What a suffocating state to be
But what a fascinating thing to see


Lyrics submitted by mightypotato, edited by IniquitatisRex

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    General CommentAccording to Mark:

    "When 'Basically' was reviewed in the NME the hack said something like "only someone completely insane would write a song called ...." The song refers to those people, at the time that included my father, that would go on and on about how great The Conservative Party was, while their lives and the country in general were disintegrating around them. This song was actually one of the very first we did and the words were a response to the election of Thatcher in 1979. I'm reminded of the first song I remember seeing Dave Gedge play with his band in 1980, 'Thatcher The Snatcher.'"
    monster36604on January 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthi, excuse me, why this song ends with the beatles song part of she said she said.. is because they are a symbol of britain?
    betocrackson May 24, 2013   Link

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