All right and honorable gentlemen and lady too,
Will kindly try to restrain themselves in derring-do
As verbal hard graffiti flies and echoes wall to wall
Our precious model of democracy,
It's the house of commons brawl

One member from some dark mill town furious did cry,
As spittle frothed on folded chin to damn the lie.
Let's serve this brief amid the rush of boos and loud catcalls
Let's finish this right here and now
At the house of commons brawl

Kick, punch went the government
As with jackets off they charged heaven-bent.
Scratch, gouge went the other side
As the party firmly did divide.

Another day in the lives of those who would guide us through,
It follows perhaps that we should by their example do,
But there again I think for less poor guy went to the wall.
The wrong house but the right idea
To end the commons brawl

Lyrics submitted by Krendall2006, edited by Krendall

Commons Brawl Lyrics as written by Ian Anderson

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    Song Meaning

    The "Commons" is the House of Commons, one of two houses of the British parliament, and the song is about the behavior of British MPs ("the honourable gentlemen", as they would be referred to by the Speaker of the Commons).

    The lady referred to ("and lady too") is presumably Margaret Thatcher, prime minister at the time.

    The lines "for Guy went to the wall / The wrong House but the right idea" refer to Guy Fawkes, a principal figure in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, who was arrested while attempting to blow up the House of Lords ("the wrong House"), and subsequently executed.

    slamon December 21, 2011   Link
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    Lyric Correction

    "list the rush of who's allowed catcalls" should be "amidst the rush of boos and loud catcalls"

    "for gyving to the wall" should be "for Guy went to the wall"

    Other lyrics given also appear to be incorrect, but the actual words are difficult to make out.

    slamon December 21, 2011   Link
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    General Comment

    Robin Williams once referred to the House of Commons as "Congress with a two-drink minimum." The lyrics of this song would indicate that Anderson agrees.

    Krendall2006on January 06, 2012   Link

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