You need your stars, even killers have prestige
Access to a living you will not see
24 boredom, I'm convicted instantly
Gorgeous poverty of created needs

Slash and burn
Kill to live
Kill for kicks
3rd world to the 1st
Kill to live

Worms in the garden more real than a McDonalds
Drain your blood and let the Exxon spill in
Look around here and you see nothing is very real
Chained to economy now famine has been

Slash and burn
Kill to live
Kill for kicks
3rd world to the 1st
Kill to live

That's all you need
That's all you need
That's all you need
That's all you need

Madonna drinks Coke and so you can too
Taste's real good not like a sweet poison should
Too much comfort to get decadent
Politics are death and God is safer sex

Slash and burn
Kill to live
Kill for kicks
3rd world to the 1st
Kill to live
Kill for kicks

Slash and burn
Kill to live
Kill for kicks
3rd world to the 1st
Kill to live

That's all you need
That's all you need
That's all you need
That's all you need

© 1992 Sony Music Publishing Ltd.
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Natwest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
(Words: Nicky Wire/Richey James; Music: James Dean Bradfield/Sean Moore)

Economic forecast soothe our dereliction
Words of euthanasia, apathy of sick routine
Carried away with useless advertising dreams
Blinding children, life as autonotomes

NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit
NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit

Barclays iron eagle, "33 injection"
Sold to advertisers, computer execution line
They give and take away, repossess and crucify
The more you own the more you are, lonelier with cheap desire

NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit
NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit

Prosperity - exports for Pol Pot
Prosperity - Mein Kampf for beginners

NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit
NatWest, NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
Blackhorse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit


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Slash N' Burn Lyrics as written by Edwards Bradfield

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  • +2
    General Comment

    It's about deforestation, apparently

    ShakerMaker1994on May 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Must be one of the classic riffs...amazing

    There's a bit of Guns N' Roses influence here too -- check the orgasmic little shrieks at the end, sound just like the ones in "Welcome to the Jungle". Even the name -- sounds like "Dust N' Bones" or the band's name itself (and Slash is the GnR guitarist). Also listen to "Another Invented Disease" off Generation Terrorists...as if that isn't a lost Appetite for Destruction track.

    Aside from the cribbing I love this song...can't get enough of it. old-school protest rock

    Cherub Rockon October 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "Slash-and-burn is an agricultural technique which involves cutting and burning of forests or woodlands to create fields" according to Wikipedia, Slash N' Burn (spelt that way) was also a technique used in Vietnam by the US Army to - clear forests. But I don't think that necessarily means the song is about deforestration itself.

    It seems to be emptiness of today's 'culture' both in everday life and buisiness but that's just me reading into it, i have nothing to back that up.

    dwitefryon February 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    'Gorgeous poverty of created needs'

    ^One of my favourite Manics lyrics. I think it refers to our greed-based society, where we strive to have too much, and luxuries have come to be seen as necessities.

    The media gives 'Access to a living you will not see' in an attempt to get us to consume ever more. But if people lived more modestly there would be more to go around - 'all you need' is less than people think.

    RO5SMon May 18, 2014   Link

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