I thought that you were joking,
When you said "I want to see you,
To discuss your contribution,
To the future of our nations heart and soul",

"Six o'clock my place Whitehall",
But I arrived just after seven,
But you said "it doesn't matter,
"I under stand your situation and your image I'm flattered,
I'd just like to tell you,
That I love all of your albums,
Could you sign this for my daughter?,
She's in hospital her name is Miriam,
Now ill get down to the gist:,
Do you want a line of this?,
Are you a socialist?,

I'm doing fine,
Buzzing all the time,
Just one hit,
And I feel great,
And I support,
The welfare state,

You must be a socialist because your always of out on the piss,
In your private members bar,
Yes you are, you superstar,
Well you sing about common people,
And the misshapes and the misfits,
So can you bring them to my party,
Can you get them all to to sniff this?,

All I'm really saying is,
Come on and rock the vote for me,
All I need is come on, roll up that note for me,
The gist of all this is,
Do you want hist or do you want misses?,
Are you a socialist,
Socialist, socialist,

You can be just what you want to be,
Just as long as you don't try and compete with me,
And we've waited such a long time for a chance to help our own kind,
Please come on and tow the party line,
You owe it to yourself,
Don't think of anyone else,
We promise we won't tell,
We won't tell,
We won't, tell.

Lyrics submitted by dansr

Cocaine Socialism Lyrics as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker Nick Banks

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  • +1
    General CommentYour choice in all of this is:
    Do you want hits?
    Or d'you want misses?

    This is truly a great Pulp song. Listen to it
    dansron February 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis seems to be pretty straightforwardly about Tony Blair and New Labour and how they'd moved away from socialist values and the use of image and celebrities to get them into power in the '97 general election, with such cringe inducing sights as Blair and Noel Gallagher cracking jokes about Cocaine in number 10. This song is just a satire of that whole time and ideas. I must agree a truly great Pulp song.
    csa09on August 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWait, this IS Glory Days
    hastalavictoriaon March 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthastalavictoria, Jarvis wrote the lyrics to 'Cocaine Socialism' first, but decided he didn't want it do discourage people from voting Labour. So he re-wrote it as Glory Days, because the tune was too good to waste.♥
    xsvsxon June 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcsa has it down pretty much. also important to mention how it's a play on champagne socialism. just like rich people being all glamorous and leftist and hip, but the champagne of the past had turned into the cocaine of britpop. almost like a common people type meaning but being specifically political as opposed to the personal as political from CP.
    Janie83on February 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSounds very much like Glory Days.
    hastalavictoriaon March 16, 2007   Link

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