"Model Worker" as written by and David/devoto Tomlinson....
I'm sick of working on the land
I want to work with machines and look handsome

I have been indulging
In ostentatious display
Doing little more than eat
Three square meals a day

And I've been shirking my duty
So I've been sending gifts to curry favour

But because I love you
And because you love me
A model worker
I'll willingly be

I need a holiday, I've not been well
Take me to the Brocade River Hotel

And I just want to know
While the revolution lasts
Will it enable me
To swallow broken glass!

I'm not too worried by hegemony
I know the cadre will look after me

And I just want to know while the revolution lasts
Will it enable me to swallow broken glass!

I have been indulging in ostentatious display
Doing little more than eat three square meals a day

But because I love you...

Lyrics submitted by Shades, edited by evangelinej

"Model Worker" as written by David Tomlinson Barry Adamson


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    General Commentgreat, fun song.
    the lyrics are pretty hilarious also.
    magazine was such an underated band.
    dalaraon January 25, 2007   Link
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    MemoryIt's about a chimpanzee in a dress that gets caught by his mum "spanking the monkey". When his dad gets home they all have a bit of a gardening session and plant some turnips but it all goes horribly wrong and Hitler invades Poland. When he wakes up he realises he's eaten his hands and spends the rest of his life behind the sofa counting the hairs on his elbows
    CorrectSoapon January 24, 2014   Link
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    General CommentIt's not "the cadre", it's "that Carter will look after me". As in Jimmy. After Reagan won the election, it changed to "that Reagan will look after me". Check the live version on Play.

    I did submit a change, but it doesn't look like that's a quick or easy process. So for anyone who really cares, I thought I'd post it here too.
    evangelinejon August 04, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was drawing parallels between the West and East - communist and capitalist workers wanting to try something a little different, knowing it will probably be the same. A great and wacky song! Magazine at their best.
    Bobbyperu1892on September 13, 2015   Link

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