"Anthem For A Lost Cause" as written by James Bradfield, Nicholas Jones and Sean Moore....
It's a cold and lonely message
At the end of a song
It invaded hearts and minds
But they couldn't get along
It can ask you to remember
It can ask you for a dance
So it seems that every song
Now is just one last chance

Take this, it's yours
An anthem for a lost cause
Now ashes, bone and splinter
What once was a glittering prize
The composition rites

Oh redemption, love and departure
I think your work is done
Paris, St. Petersburg don't need a tower of song
Escape's not worth the capture
So walk that lonesome road
No joy or earthly rapture
Nothing to take the load

Take this, it's yours
An anthem for a lost cause
Now ashes, bone and splinter
What once was a glittering prize
The composition rites

Take this, it's yours
An anthem for a lost cause
Now ashes, bone and splinter
What once was a glittering prize
The composition rites

Yours?
Cause?

Take this, it's yours
An anthem for a lost cause
Now ashes, bone and splinter
What once was a glittering prize
The composition rites


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"Anthem for a Lost Cause" as written by Nicholas Jones James Bradfield

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    General Comment"A James lyric. We should do an Ian McDonald Manics book really, because there’s a lot of subtle interfaces. I think there’s two songs, ‘As Holy As The Soil’ and ‘Anthem…’ that really go for that kind of Dexys soul thing. Trying to write an old fashioned standard. It was originally called ‘Composition Rights’, I said, 'That’s a bit fucking John Cale isn’t it? Who’s going to know what a fucking Composition Right is?' [He said], it's rites as in ‘rites of death’. So I said, 'Well nothing sums us up better than ‘Anthems for Lost Causes’ does it?' He did all of that. The brass arrangements took ages, we were really trying to get the feel of Sam Cooke or something, for ‘As Holy As The Soil’ as well. We were trying to imagine someone like Amy Winehouse singing it."

    -Nicky Wire
    manic4manicson October 13, 2013   Link

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