"P.C.P." as written by and Bradfield/edwards/jones/moore....
Teacher starve your child, P.C. approved
As long as the right words are used
Systemised atrocity ignored
As long as bilingual signs on view
Ten foot sign in Oxford Street
Be pure - be vigilant - behave
Grey not neon, grey not real
Life bleeds, death is your birthright

P.C. she speaks impotent, sterile, naive, blind
Aatheist, sadist, stiff-upper lip
First principle of her silence, of her silence
P.C.P. - a P.C. police victory
P.C.P. - a P.C. phyrric victory
When I was young P.C. meant Police Constable
Nowadays I can't seem to tell the difference

Liposuction for your bad mouth boy
Cut out your tongue, effigies are sold
Words discoloured, bow to the bland
Heal yourself with sinner's salt
Doctors arrested for euthanasia
Kill smokers through blind vanity
If you're fat don't get ill
Europe's gravestone carved in plastic

P.C. she says inoculate, hallucinate, beware Shakespeare, bring fresh air, king cigarette Snuffed out by her midgets, by her midgets
P.C.P. - a P.C. police victory
P.C.P. - a P.C. pyrrhic victory
When I was young P.C. meant Police Constable
Nowadays I can't seem to tell the difference

P.C. caresses bigots and big brother
Read Leviticus, learnt censorship
Pro-life equals anti-choice, to be scared of, of feathers
P.C.P. - a P.C. police victory
P.C.P. - a P.C. pyrrhic victory
When I was young P.C. meant Police Constable
Nowadays I can't seem to tell the difference

Lawyers before love, surrogate sex
This land bows down to
Yours, unconditional love and hate
Pass the prozac, designer amnesiac

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  • +4
    General Comment"Links PC PCP New Moral Certainty. Language aimed at the working class. Condemns the very people it aims to save. Self-censorship wrong. "Liviticus" used by homophobes to justify their hatred. To take one sentence from the bible to justify views very PC. Also PCP the Revolutionary Portuguese Communist."
    (Richey James; The Holy Bible-Tour Book)

    "I think that's more than anything about the right to freedom of speech, and freedom of the media. Once the state gets control of that in a country, you know everything's fucked. That's the one thing that I think is really frightening about political correctness - the eradication of words. It's just so Orwellian - destroying words, changing dictionaries and changing the meaning of words. Obviously, PC as an idea is inherently good. So is socialism and so is communism, and they ended up being abused. A lot of PC followers take up the idea of being liberal, but end up being quite the opposite."
    (Nicky Wire; Melody Maker, 27 August 1994)
    manic4manicson October 23, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentricheye is right. No Marxist (not that the Manics have been anything like that for a long, long time) would claim that state socialism is freedom, rather than freedom would exist when pure communism is established, and wage labour, nations and the state are abolished. However, Marx himself saw 'socialism' as being organised along the lines of the Paris commune, and certainly not like the USSR or China.

    Still don't get the Lear thing though. The first line is: 'I thought the king had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall.'
    Ad_Nauseamon February 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPolitical correctness. The twisting of words - 'pro-life' and 'anti-choice' are superb examples. Some quality lyrics here, fairly straight forward. 'Pyrrhic' is a poetic-meter featuring two unstressed syllables, hence a 'pyrrhic victory' would be the neutering of language, of emphasis.
    gsmith300on June 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me this song is about political correctness and the fact that just because a person or a society is politically correct it means nothing... hense the opening lines. i think it bugs the band that as long as you're politically correct it's ok because you don't offend anyone yet when that person is not there they can be extremely 2 faced and arrogant
    jonnybassmanon May 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is how people try use language to lessen the impact of events. IE its no longer a genocide, its ethnic cleansing. By changing the wording, it gives things new context to make them sound more acceptable.
    The song sounds anti-pc because they believe that the use of PC words lessens the impact, and makes them seem less disturbing. Pro-life is just another way of saying anti choice is a good example. Instead of saying the decision to take away the womans right to chose whether she wants an abortion or not, its called pro-life which sounds far more positive. This song is condemnation for such things.
    Madkalon February 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe line '227 Lears, and I can't remember the first line' is a quote from a film in the 80's called the dresser about an actor in the 40's who struggles to continue to act shakespeare in his theater group because of the London Blitz, the story kinda runs parallel to that of Shakepeare version of King Lear (it even has a 'fool').

    The idea of the quote is in response to many people saying Shakespeare was not politically correct in the 80's and 90's therefore some of his plays should be altered to be more correct. This therefore would render the original plays (or to widen it out, pieces of art around the world) impotent. This ties in to the songs idea that political correctness while good, can be in many ways wrong, such as the idea as stated before that people are correct simply because the state says they have to be, but they wont be behind their backs, we're all guilty of it. However it also says that political correctness can go to far, like if a persons ethnic origin, culture and identity are disregarded and lost due to the country trying to hard to equalise people. It's a catch 22 :S
    nayloron June 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this is a two finger salute to the PC bullshit. This is disturbing that it was this bad in 1993/1994, when today it's considerably worse, where you can't even take a shit without the masters knowing.
    darylcon April 02, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIs it pro or anti PC though? It's always been said that political correctness is the tool of the left and the manics are the biggest leftists you're likely to meet so it's quite cinfusing.
    my nothingon November 19, 2004   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song is about how political correctness can be a good thing - "pro-life", but it is also compromising - "anti-choice". Therefore a "pyrrhic victory", a victory achieved at great cost.
    tgdon December 10, 2004   Link
  • -1
    General CommentTo think of issues such as political correctness purely in left/right terms over simplifies the issue. I think, although they claim to be Marxists, the evidence of their lyrics would seem to suggest they are more left/libertarian, whereas a Marxist ideology would be more like left/authoritarian. How they can claim to Marxists and pepper their videos with statements like "When freedom exists there will be no state" I'll never know.

    With regards to this song, I think the political correctness they are talking about doesn't so much refer to the kind of PC that victimises people for saying "paki", but more the kind of health fascism which says anything that is bad for you should be banned. Hence the lines about smokers and fat people.
    paulothemanioon January 04, 2005   Link

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