"Industrial Estate" as written by and Martin Bramah Tony Friel....
Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
Yeah, yeah, industrial estate

Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
Yeah, yeah, industrial estate

Well you started here to earn your pay
Clean neck and ears on your first day
Well we tap one another as you walk in the gate
And we'd build a canteen but we haven't got much space

Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
And the crap in the air will fuck up your face
Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
Boss can bloody take most of your wage
And if you get a bit of depression
Ask the doctor for some Valium

Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
Yeah, yeah, industrial estate
Yeah, yeah, industrial estate


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"Industrial Estate" as written by Martin Bramah Mark Edward Smith

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    My InterpretationThe song addresses the realities of growing up and going to work in the factories in Northern England during the 70s. 'The crap in the air that will fuck up your face' is an obvious reference to the serious pollution that heavy industry caused. Even as late as the 70s places like Manchester would be covered in thick smog. 'We'd build a canteen but we haven't got much space' I interpret as being the factories slowly declining and having to cut costs, or a metaphor for being squeezed in by the decline of industry.

    Many working class kids would leave school with little to no qualifications and just do what their parents did - work in industry. A competitive society was not known and most kids would almost go straight into work from leaving school. Corruption in factories would be rampant, and in some getting a job would be as easy as giving the manager your first couple of weeks wage - hence the 'boss can bloody take most of your wage'. And of course, depression was poorly understood then - anyone suffering from it (and there were quite a lot in the declining industrial bases) would be given inappropriate medication, hence the 'ask the doctor for some valium'.
    Delmothoson June 23, 2012   Link

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