"The Day After The Revolution" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Stephen Patrick Mackey and Mark Andrew Webber....
The dust has settled
Replace the bulbs in all the lights
I guess I'll get no sleep tonight
A revolution happened

Oh, sorry, you haven't heard?
We are the children of the new world
If you're quiet you can watch if you like
They say the future's beginning tonight
Whole empires will crumble, civilizations will fall

Lie on the bed, hear the sound of it all
No anger, no guilt and no sorrow
It sounds unlikely, I know, but tomorrow
You will wake up to find that your whole life has changed
Although nothing looks different, a revolution took place

I love the way you do it
I love the way you put them on
You know the answers but you get it wrong
Just to confuse things

Why did it seem so difficult to realise a simple truth?
The revolution begins and ends with you
Now all the breakdowns and nightmares look small
Now we decided not to die after all

'Cause the meek shall inherit absolutely nothing at all
If you stopped being so feeble you could have so much more
The answer was here all the time, you see
Just how I missed it is a mystery to me
I have waited and waited for this day to arrive
The revolution was televised
Now it's over, bye bye
It's over, bye bye
It's over, bye bye

Yeah, we made it
Just by the skin of our teeth
Perfection is over
Sheffield is over
The Fear is over
Guilt is over (please leave the building quietly)

Bergerac is over
The hangover is over, men are over, women are over
Cholesterol is over
Tapers are over
Bergman is over, irony is over
Bye-bye


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"The Day After the Revolution" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker Candida Doyle

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    General CommentTo me this means that everything we've believed is wrong, religion, and our revolutions, they were just putting us on. Whoever ultimately runs the world knows that everything is meaningless, they know all the answers but they get it all wrong just to confuse things.

    The meek won't inherit anything, if you want change you have to do it for yourself, and all the revolutions are in the end meaningless because everything will still be the same afterwards.
    stephsayson April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like stephsays interpretation, but to me this song is about getting old and one day realizing your life has passed you by. The revolution came and went, but you don't feel any different; you still have the same problems.
    drosson May 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSurely this song is about Blair and New Labour?
    joeandstuffon November 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I'm pretty sure that this is really an amazingly sarcastic dig at New Labour and the UK election of 1997, or at least that that was one of several intended interpretations. This was from the same period during which Jarvis wrote "Cocaine Socialism", after all. That the last line is "irony is over" is telling.
    twoseventwoon July 07, 2011   Link

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