"High Ideals" as written by and Guy Edward John/potter Garvey....
There's a laddered tear in my high ideals
Like I took a chair on the battle field
And any noble fire that was burning in my chest
Is acid in my belt at the very best

There's a bayonet in my family things
It was made in the USA to defend the king
And though the sinew that thrust
And all the bones it splintered are dust
It's passed from hand to hand
With the wedding rings

Oh settle down little heart of mine
Oh settle down you're doing double time
You're so far away and she's right there
By your side
Oh settle down little heart of mine


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"High Ideals" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

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    Lyric CorrectionThank you for the lyrics Iemanja75. Just have two corrections

    In the last line of the first verse It's:-

    is acid in my BELLY at the very best

    Line three, last verse is:-

    you're so far away and she's right HERE
    by your side

    Lovely song albeit he's thinking of someone else that he obviously wants but can't have because he's married. I think he is afraid that his fast beating heart will give it away because she's sitting right next to him. (No shit sherlock). Maybe I'm wrong.
    I was a little afraid to hear this album as all previous have been excellent. They haven't disappointed me this time either.
    EccentricaGon March 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song reflects on the disappointment of finding your youthful ire dampened by middle age.

    Frontman Guy Garvey explained; "You lose your pushy side when you hit middle age. You can't keep partying like we have for 20 years. I used to love running into a crowded rock 'n' roll bar and spending all night throwing shapes (British term for dancing) and looking at girls. Now we love nothing more than the corner of a quiet pub, and a bloody good chat."
    niteflite01on March 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song seems mainly political in nature.
    The first verse refers to stopping and thinking about previously held ideas or opinions, taking a chair meaning to sit down, on the battlefield.Probably not a literal one, but it could be.

    Second verse is talking about this bayonett. An old weapon, or grudge. Made in the USA meaning that's where where the idea of the fight originated, probably due to favours in the first or second world war. This was a long time ago and all the people involved in those conflicts are dead but it is still affecting the uk and the decisions that are made, the attitude is passed down though generations like a wedding ring.

    Last verse is maybe to sooth himself, after all these are big big problems No one can really solve, so maybe stop worrying about it so much.... Think about beauty and love instead.
    AngelGreyon May 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWhen you are young you either want to change an errant world or party yourself into a stupor. When you get older you get married, settle down, get a mortgage and a mother-in-law and suddenly you find you are happy with a cup of tea and a Hob Nob.

    Occasionally you feel a bit guilty about it.
    proggieon December 10, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI'm in general agreement with most of the comments. His burning youthful ideals have now, with age, turned into a sort of grumbling indigestion, stripped of dignity. The battlefield imagery is beautiful. Tired of the fight, he hasn't got the inclination or the energy to carry on so metaphorically pulls up a chair and lets it carry on around him. The bayonet is also symbolic of his rusted ideals which now inhabit a more peaceful part of his mind. I am confused about the heart beating. I doubt if it's about a relationship. It must be Guy Garvey telling himself not to get uptight about politics anymore.
    Nobbyon March 31, 2014   Link

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