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

Nat West, Nat West-Barclays-
Black horse apocalypse
Death sanitised through credit
Barclays iron eagle, "33
Sold to advertiser, computer
execution line
They give then take away,
repossess and crucify
The more you own the more you
are, lonelier with cheap desire

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

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  • +2
    General Comment

    Possibly the Manics' most overtly pro-Halifax song.

    In order to keep track of aquisitions and mergers within the financial sector, the track was recently renamed "Royal Bank of Scotland-Barclays-HSBC-Lloyds TSB".

    Axaxaxas_mloon November 19, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    The black horse refers to the logo of one of the banks - I'm pretty sure it's Lloyds TSB.

    Reidsanon July 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I haven't had the chance to hear this song- but it seems to be attacking capitalism again- and the banking system. The Manics seem pretty pro-socialist and it's naming, of course, banks (it's obvious to me but I thought I'd mention it just in case the USA or other places don't have a Lloyds or whatever. I can't see a complimentary lyric to them in there.

    MercuryCobainon May 08, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    To me it's about the power of banks and the value-in-complicity of citizens to the Bilderberger fascists who own them. I'm very curious about the "33 injection" lyric though, is this a reference to the 33 degrees of freemasonry I wonder?

    Veni, vidi, visa! (We came, we saw, we did a little shopping) :)

    Olly Stubbson February 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Banks cause death, wait until Cameron's cuts really sink in and you'll see... They caused the recession and the cuts will kill poor people.... I can't believe this was written 20 years ago, it's more relevant today than when it was written..... The manics are geniuses, especially Richey...

    Moominpapaon March 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    The black horse apocalypse and the iron eagle both refer to the logos of Lloyd's and Barclay's respectively.

    manic4manicson October 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Not entirely sure about the meaning of all the lyrics but partly at least they seem to be against the banks controlling or manipulating people through credit. Getting people hooked on consumerism and drawing them into an endless cycle of debt ect.

    TFUon February 25, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    The Manics seem pretty pro-socialist and it's naming, of course, banks (it's obvious to me but I thought I'd mention it just in case the USA. Getting people hooked on consumerism and drawing them into an endless cycle of debt ect.

    ijayon February 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Well obviously they're socialist (the masses against the classes, the very definition of marxism)

    Its a dig at capitalism, and that the only way forward is communism/socialism (Prosperity - mein kampf for beginners(Mein kampf being the book written by Hitler))

    countcube69on May 20, 2008   Link

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