"Who's In Control?" as written by Martin Noble, Jan Wilkinson, Neil Wilkinson, Matthew Wood, Abigail Fry and Phillip Sumner....
Oh, were you not told? Do you not know?
Everything around you is being sold
Do you not care? Will you not bear?
Everybody else is going spare

What's yours and mine
Does this escape you all the time?
Sometimes I wish
Protesting was sexy on a Saturday night

Would you ever, would you ever
Go down, down, down, down
To fight, fight, fold your snap
Fold your snap and fight

Over here, over there
Over here, every fucking where

I just don't know
Who's in control
Please, no, don't say
It could go either way

It's militant, not military
Welcome everybody, we're not all that scary
I'm a big fan of the local library
I just read a book but that's another story

Yours and mine
They get mixed up all of the time
I wish sometimes
Protesting was sexy on a Saturday night

So would you ever, would you ever
Go down, down, down, down
Fight, fight, fold your snap
Fold your snap and fight

Over here, over there
Over here, every fucking where

I'll never be, I'll never see
I'll never be what you want me to be

I just don't know
Who's in control
Please, no, don't say
It could go either way

Over here, over there
Over here, every fucking where
Over here, over there
Over here, every fucking where

I just don't know
Who's in control
Please, no, don't say
It could go either way


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"Who's In Control" as written by Jan Wilkinson Abigail Fry

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    General CommentYan has said this song was inspired by reading J.G. Ballard, specifically the novel Super-Cannes. I haven't read that book, so I can't comment on any similarities.
    JohnnyBoyeeon March 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHaving just seen the video, it seems to hint that it is about protest movements- UKUNCUT, student protests, and maybe the Arab spring etc.

    It's a very positive song about taking control of the future for ordinary people, not just leaving it to governments and corporations.
    matthewsheffieldon July 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIs it straight-ahead? It always sounded a little facetious to me.

    "Sometimes I wish protesting was sexy on a Saturday night" and the "I just read a book" bit made it sound to me like we are talking about people who protest because they are caught up in a wave of protest, not because they understand the issue.

    Maybe I'm just too cynical ;)
    facelessgremlinon August 22, 2011   Link

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