"Word of Mouth" as written by Christopher Neil and Mike Rutherford....
Now the world is gettin' older
There's a few things to be said
Do you believe the things they told you?
Do you believe the things you've read?

There's a rumor on the corner
But it's always been denied
'Cause they don't want you any wiser
You're just toein' the party line

From the west side to the east side
From the north side to the south
You'll never get bad information
If you believe in the word of mouth

Look out for those who still want to hang on
Look out for those who live in the past
Get out and listen to the whisper
Because the times are changin' fast

From the west side to the east side
From the north side to the south
You'll never get bad information
If you believe in the word of mouth

You don't believe the information
You don't believe it when it's denied
So when you're readin' explanations
You have to read between the lines

From the west side to the east side
Through the windows I'm looking out
You'll never get bad information
If you believe in the word of mouth

From the west side to the east side
Through the windows I'm looking out
You'll never get bad information
If you believe in the word of mouth


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"Word of Mouth" as written by Mike Rutherford (gb) Christopher Neil

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    My InterpretationTo each their own I suppose, but my take on this has always been that of a warning not to let the greater politcal animal, or the "powers-that-be" pull the wool over your eyes. The lyrics refer to misinformation, question what you believe, and urge you to see things through your own eyes. Understandable, if you see this in the context of the time it was released - communism was on it's deathbead in Europe, and a great many people were experiencing political and social freedoms for perhaps the first time in their lives. Not to mention also it was the start of a new decade, taking over from one where people had high hopes and ambitions, and were awaiting the chance to see them realised. Perhaps in a way this message is more relevant today than ever, with global financial woes, climate change, terrorism and a bunch of other evils constantly in the headlines, and a seemingly endless supply of politicians ready to dispute these, and make cynical attempts to convince the populous that all is well. In short, if you want to know the truth, get out there and find it for yourself, don't let anyone construct it for you.
    Ulyanovon March 14, 2012   Link
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    General CommentFunny, but I see this as a song about our lack of a truly free and unbiased press. Our yellow press is no better or worse than a government-controlled press. When we don't get the truth (all of it) and when our news people interject their personal opinions (also when deciding what is newsworthy), we cannot make informed choices at the polls. Our press hasn't been decent since the days of Walter Cronkite, but it's been especially bad over the past decade...choosing our political leaders for us; thinking it's our social conscience; influencing are morals/values; etc. The media does NOT provide the voice of America, at least of the America it will not acknowledge if it does not agree. The song says to listen to those on the street, not those with an agenda, which the North American press has (and is too arrogant to be ashamed).
    SweetCheeks2on March 14, 2012   Link

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