"Labour of Love" as written by Patrick Mark Kane and Gregory Philip Kane....
You said, you recall about seven years ago now
You said, that you we're so tough
And I loved it, oh
Loved you for putting me down in a totally new way
Down with, the bad old, sad old days
(Get away now)
But now, too much pain for too little gain
And I feel like I'm gonna strike back right now

Gonna withdraw my labour of love
Gonna strike for the right to get into your heart, yeah
Withdraw my labour of love
Gonna strike for the right to get into your cold heart
Ain't gonna work for you no more
Ain't gonna work, for you no more

Ha, easy, I noticed you said it never was gonna be easy
But not this hard
You're so cold, so cold
The romance goes when the promises break
My mistake was to love you a little too much

Gonna withdraw my labour of love
Gonna strike for the right to get into your heart, yeah
Withdraw my labour of love
Gonna strike for the right to get into your heart, baby now
Withdraw my labour of love
Gonna strike for the right to get into your heart, yeah
Withdraw my labour of love
Gonna strike for the right to get into your cold heart
Ain't gonna work for you no more
Ain't gonna work, for you no more

I can't stand it, I said I just don't want it
Never gonna need it, anyway yeah
I can't stand it, I said I just don't want it
Never gonna need it, anyway
I don't want you, I don't need you
I don't need your tricks and treats
I don't need your ministration, your bad determination
I've had enough of you, and your super-bad crew
I don't need your, I don't need your
Pseudo-satisfaction baby
I can't stand it, I said I just don't want it
Never gonna need it, anyway yeah
I can't stand it, I don't want it
I don't need your pseudo-satisfaction baby

Withdraw my labour of love
Gonna strike for the right to get into your heart
Withdraw my labour of love
Gonna strike for the right to get into your heart
Withdraw my labour of love
Gonna strike for the right to get into your heart
Withdraw my labour of love
Gonna strike for the right to get into your cold heart
Ain't gonna work for you no more


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"Labour of Love" as written by Patrick Mark Kane Gregory Philip Kane

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    General CommentJust recently re-discovered the song after loving it when it first came out in the 80's. A great song!
    Various sources have stated its about Thatcher's government (spit spit) but regardless it remains a classic (to me anyway!)
    verryberrygirlon March 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDefinite classic - in a kind of cheesy way - I never knew it was about Thatcher - puts an interesting spin on the lyrics now you've mentioned that!
    butterflykiss84on April 05, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningI remember this coming out in early 1987; I was a political young thing and was struck immediately by the double play of the lyrics describing both an unhappy romantic relationship and the relationship between the electorate and the tory government.

    "Do you recall about 7 years ago now you said
    That you were so tough..."

    Thatcher had been elected in 79 on a conservative party platform of bringing toughness back to a Britain which had "gone soft". In particular they campaigned hard against the trade unions which were perceived at the time as holding Britain to ransom by frequent striking.

    "Gonna withdraw my labour of love
    Gonna strike for the right to get into your heart"

    Nevertheless trade unions continued to withdraw the labour of their members (aka striking) and during Thatcher's second term we saw the Miners' Strike in 1984-85 and the Wapping dispute (printer's strike) of 1986.

    "I've had enough of you, and your super-bad crew"

    And so this song ushered in the June general election of 1987 with a promise of an electoral revolt and the sweeping out of the tories from number 10. Except sadly I was too young to vote and clearly Hue and Cry had less voting influence than I'd hoped; the electorate returned Thatcher for a third term and we would have to wait another 10 years to get rid of the tories.
    karen81963on February 07, 2015   Link

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