"Sowing the Seeds of Love" as written by Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal....
High time, we made a stand
And shook up the views of the common man
And the love train rides from coast to coast
D.j.'s the man we love the most
Could you be, could you be squeaky clean and smash every hope of democracy
As the head line says you're free to choose
There's egg on your face and mud on your shoes
One of these days they're gonna call it the blues yeah, yeah

Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love, sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love, sowing the seeds

I spy tears in their eyes they look to the skies
For some kind of divine intervention
Food goes to waste
So nice to eat, so nice to taste
Politician granny with your high ideals
Have you no idea how the majority feels?
So with out love and a promised land
We're fools to the rules of a government plan
Kick out the style, bring back the jam, yeah, yeah

Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love, sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love, sowing the seeds
The birds and the bees
My girlfriend and me in love

Feel the pain
Talk about it
If you're a worried man
Then shout about it

Open hearts fell about it
Open minds think about it
Everyone read about it
Every one scream about it
Everyone (everyone, yeah)
Everyone (everyone) read about it, read about it
Read it in the books, in the crannies and the nooks, there are books to read

(Sowing the seeds) Sowing the seeds of love, we're sowing the seeds, sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love, sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love
Mister England sowing the seeds of love

Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes

Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes

Time to eat all your words (High time we made a stand and shook up the view of the common man)
Swallow your pride (And the love train rides from coast to coast)
Open your eyes (every minute of every hour)
Open your eyes (I Love a sunflower)
Open your eyes (and I believe in love power, love power)
Open your eyes (love power)

Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love, sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love, sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love
sowing the seeds, an end to need
And the Politics of Greed With Love

Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love, sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love (hand in hand), seeds of love (hand in hand), sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love, sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love, sowing the seeds


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"Sowing The Seeds Of Love" as written by Roland Orzabal Curt Smith

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    General CommentIts all about politics and moral ideals - but sung in such a 'sweet' and upbeat way which totally clashes with the lyrics - yet it works!

    I think that "kick out the style, bring back the jam' has a double meaning. On the surface, its saying bring back substance into music, and get rid of all these pop acts who are just there to look good. Delving deeper, it could be about the band the Jam. The Jam were all about politcs and depicted such intense social realism in their songs. Then Wellar left and formed the Style Council, and even though some songs were about politcal issues (Walls Come Tumbling Down for eg), they weren't known as a particularly political band. So the lads could be saying, bring back such bands that told you the truth and fought on the issues through their music. I may be completely wrong about this - that's just my perspective!
    butterflykiss84on December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI never used to like this song as it was far too Beatles-like for me, but over the years I've listened and its grown on me. I think its about being your own person and not letting the people in power dictate how you should live your life.

    This song also must have influenced Oasis' 'All Around the World' - heard the song? seen the vid? Its just like it! More recently I reckon its influenced Panic at the Disco's 'Nine in the Afternoon' - go listen to it.

    These bands can bang on about how the Beatles have inspired them but I think they should really give a nod to Tears for Fears....one of the most underrated bands ever!
    eowyn20ukon March 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentpop and political epic - it was released and written in 1989 when Britain was going a period of major change - people were getting sick of Margaret Thatcher in power and all the stiflings they had to endure.

    Ecstacy and house music was just starting to creep in, hence 'sowing the seeds of love' - people were starting to be nicer to each other and embrace this love culture that was starting
    Mrs_Orzabalon September 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always felt this song was not so much delivering a 60's 70's style message, but alluding to what has been lost since those days.

    The opening line is in past tense, and seems to describe the power that people carried and the notoriety of the peace movement then. And then of course as the cold war peaked and capitalism and the fear of communism took its hold, things moved in a very different direction then those in the 60's & 70's fought for.

    Then they beckon us to think about the world, remember the ideals of the past because they're still relevant... even now...

    "An end to need and the politics of greed" Private Enterprise is one thing... but the privatisation of a government... come on people!!
    4S4K3Non August 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIm still trying to figure out what this song means but i do know its wonderful and it has some political meaning.
    fasternuon December 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, it definately has a political slant. Perhaps it's just expressing frustration over messed up politics as well as the fact that the public does nothing about it.
    monkeymoogleon December 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a pop epic. Pure and simple.
    poloon January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song with a very 70s attitude, perhaps 15 years late in the making. :) "Sowing the Seeds of Love" really means just spreading peace and love everywhere, as a means of overcoming political woes and whatnot. But, of course, it's also a lovey-dovey reference to sex.

    I think the song deals with the mental numbness of the general public, how they turn to religion for their answers instead of informing themselves about what happens ("They look to the skies for some kind of divine intervention") and how the songwriters believe people should make more of an effort to inform themselves and figure out their place in society ("Read it in the books, in the crannies and the nooks there are books to read!")

    "Politician Grannie with your high ideals, have you no idea how the majority feels?" - This refers to the misrepresentation by a nation's political force of what its people really want, and the songwriters think it's "high time" they "shook up the views of the common man" - in other words, get people aware that their governments don't always fairly represent them. Perhaps they are using this song to do so!

    "Without love and a promised land, we're fools to the rules of the Government plan" - Ok, we've established that we need to be more aware of what our government is really doing, but what will motivate us to take action? Love! They are saying that without hope, people continue to be numb, but with love, people open up and start thinking about their surroundings more, and then will work together to make a better society. (A bit hypocritical in my opinion, as this seems just as ideological as the "politician grannie" that the songwriters make fun of.)

    The end of the song basically sums it up... people will be happier, more loving, and less greedy if they just spread the love around.

    Suddenly I felt the urge to put a flower in my hair.
    coryoonon March 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song reminds me of the Beatles and the sorts of things they would say in some of their more political songs. Make love, not war basically.
    stoolhardyon July 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a very political song.

    butterflykiss84 was right on about the Jam/Style Council reference. Roland and Curt have said that's what it was about.

    "Politician Granny" is a reference to Margaret Thatcher, who was the PM in the UK at the time the song was written. The boys weren't very big fans of hers. :)

    And in general yeah, I think it's a song about people needing to get involved. Wake up and smell what your government is doing in your name. So many people just blindly follow without even really knowing what the implications are. They should educate themselves - there are a ton of resources out there - read them in the books in the crannies and the nooks. :)
    nocheapthrillon August 04, 2005   Link

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