"1985" as written by James Bradfield, Nicholas Jones and Sean Moore....
In 1985, I placed a bet and lied
Losing all that I had
At least with all my heart intact

In 1985, Orwell was proved right
Torville and Dean's bolero
Redundant as a sad welsh chapel
In 1985, in 1985

So God is dead, like Nietzsche said
Superstition is all we have left
Circle the wagons, we're under attack
We've realized there's no going back
We've realized there's no going back

In 1985, the Civil War failed why?
Kept hidden like scars of birth
Nature unable to soften the words.

In 1985, my words they came alive
Friends were made for life
Morrissey and Marr gave me choice
In 1985, in 1985

So God is dead, like Nietzsche said
Only 16 years of age, he said
See all the tears, for the walking dead
We've realized there's no going back
We've realized there's no going back

In 1985, I placed a bet and lied
Losing all that I had


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"1985" as written by Nicholas Jones James Bradfield

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    General CommentThey formed a bit later than 1985. More like 1988. I think Ants is right with the Miners strike link. The civil war that failed?. There is also mention of Torville and Dean, who won Olympic gold in 1984. Not sure what they're trying to say with that but I'm guessing it's a contrast between the two events of the same year.
    Dr Strangeloveon September 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really love this song, it somehow makes me feel nostalgic. It should've been a single!
    donniedarko28on July 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, probably my second favourite off Lifeblood (not only because 1985 was my date of birth!). it just is a great song, looking back to a past time. the smiths were quoted as an influence for the album, and it is good to see them mentioned within the lyrics of the song "Morrissey and Marr gave us choice". Looking forward to hearing other people's interpretation of this song....
    matt675on December 02, 2004   Link
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    General Comment'We've realised there's no going back' makes me think that the Manics are trying saying to all the critics who think everything after the Holy Bible is shite that they're arn't going back to that phase and they it's in their past and they just want to do what they want.
    i think this song is a perfect opener to Lifeblood too, just a bloody good song... plus it was my birthday too lol same as you matt.
    forever delayedon December 05, 2004   Link
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    General Comment'We've realised there's no going back' makes me think that the Manics are trying saying to all the critics who think everything after the Holy Bible is shite that they're arn't going back to that phase and they it's in their past and they just want to do what they want.
    i think this song is a perfect opener to Lifeblood too, just a bloody good song... plus it was my birthday too lol same as you matt.
    forever delayedon December 05, 2004   Link
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    General Comment'We've realised there's no going back' makes me think that the Manics are trying saying to all the critics who think everything after the Holy Bible is shite that they're arn't going back to that phase and they it's in their past and they just want to do what they want.
    i think this song is a perfect opener to Lifeblood too, just a bloody good song... plus it was my birthday too lol same as you matt.
    forever delayedon December 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was born in 1985 too. :) I love the video for this - it's my favorite, so far, out of the others I've seen. I'm not too too crazy about the song itself.. I do prefer their older music, but I'm not saying I don't like this newer stuff as well.
    the kittenesson December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe kitteness your A Manics fan from America? man that's some crazy shit. You don't hear of them everyday! (i read your profile before you ask how i know lol)
    forever delayedon January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was born in 1984. I think I got the better deal!
    rossclarkon January 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea but you'll die first
    Mortonium Iceon January 31, 2005   Link

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