When one voice rules the nation
Just because they're on top of the pile
Doesn't mean their vision is the clearest
The voices of the people
Are falling on deaf ears
Our politicians all become careerists
They must declare their interests
But not their company cars
Is there more to a seat in parliament
Then sitting on your arse
And the best of all this bad bunch
Are shouting to be heard
Above the sound of ideologies clashing
Outside the patient millions
Who put them into power
Expect a little more back for their taxes
Like school books, beds in hospitals
And peace in our bloody time
All they get is old men grinding axes
Who've built their private fortunes
On the things they can rely
The courts, the secret handshake
The Stock Exchange and the old school tie
For God and Queen and Country
All things they justify
Above the sound of ideologies clashing
God bless the civil service
The nations saving grace
While we expect democracy
They're laughing in our face
And although our cries get louder
Their laughter gets louder still
Above the sound of ideologies clashing

Lyrics submitted by Madame Me

"Ideology" as written by Billy Bragg

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    General CommentAn extremely English protest song at the establishment. It somehow seems more relevant now that we dont even have any ideological battles. Just tweedle dee and tweedle dum battling it out.
    Comrade_Liaron May 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSet to the tune of "Chimes of Freedom" by the Byrds, in typical Billy Bragg irony-drenched style.
    edfinkelon January 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDude Chimes of Freedom is a Bob Dylan song. Like most of the Byrds' hits it's a cover.

    Billy's take is pretty awesome. All politicians are crooks and swindlers, left right or center.
    Storm&Stresson April 20, 2011   Link

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