"Life At A Top Peoples Health Farm" as written by and Paul John Weller....
Dads gone down the dog track, Engels' laying cables
Brothers with his student friends plotting in the stables
They're preparing for power and how to win
I'm covered in Solaire and preparing to swim
"Old Iron! Old Iron!" - I heard the bobby shout
As he brought his friendly truncheon down with
with a God Almighty clout.
Mothers playing bingo, she's hoping for a big win
She buys the daily papers to see how 10% live
My cousins' greatest wish, is to one day buy a farm
And turn it into a health club with top people charm
"Any evening, any day" - I'm singing to myself
I'll pack up all my clothes and dough and piss off somewhere else.

My ol' man was a dust person until he got the shove
Now the iron heel he talked about is backed by the iron glove
Brothers bought new glasses, shaped like Leon Trotsky's
They look very nice on the mantlepiece, next to the Royal family
I'm laying back with the radio on, in time to hear the Archer's
An everyday tale of country folk mixed up in prostitution.

Like all good stories with a happy end, which I'll now give to you
Our cousins wish was granted and so his dream came true
His gas shares doubled, while his telecoms soared
Til he had enough money, to chair his own board
And thank you Margaret Thatcher, "may you never come to harm"
He now serves cocktails and lettuce at a Top Peoples Health Club Farm.

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"Life at a Top Peoples Health Farm" as written by Paul John Weller

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    General CommentA very underrated Weller lyric, he chose it for his Suburban 100 book, filled with his favourite lyrics.

    The song is about the mid 1980s and the problems caused by the Conversative Goverment, specifically in this case, employment - or the lack thereof. There is also another reference to the Conservative's advice that if there was no work in your town you should simply go somewhere else and find it there. ('Hombreakers' 'All Gone Away'...)

    I'm not sure if the cousin looses his health farm and ends up serving cocktails and lettuce in another, or that he only succeeds because he is serving the idle rich, the only people who truely benefited from Thatcher's reign. Both are applicable.

    The Archers is a soap opera broadcast via Radio (instead of television) in Britain.

    dwitefryon October 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA very underrated Weller lyric and a very underrated Weller band judging by the amount of comments on all the songs.

    The Style Council were brilliant, not quite as good as the Jam but better than Weller's solo work in my honest opinion.

    This is a great song about 80s Conservative Britain and how people at different ends of the social scale struggled and benefited from the Iron Lady's rule.
    DJDiscoon July 28, 2010   Link

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