‘Lie Of The Land’ (The Alarm)

‘Lie Of The Land’ [2:31] (MacDonald/Peters), The Alarm
Lead Vocals:Mike Peters
Lyrics
:

Too young to care too old to fight
Ain't bothered about your life
Drop out far out don't go to school
Get out while the going's good
Sign up for the dole dig a hole
For your bone and moan ain't got any cash
Hedonistic man with your can
And your head of sand
Take the lie of the land

LET'S KEEP THE FLAMES OF HOPE ALIVE
And never let the fires die
Take the LIE OF THE LAND

Today don't wait don't hesitate
Get out there join a march
Join hands make plans and take a chance
On the right hand side of the road
Avoid the gang of the man named Vicious Henry
And his friend called Billy Whizz
Don't stay in the dark where the sharks
Will rip you off they're gonna tear you apart

LET'S KEEP THE FLAMES OF HOPE ALIVE
And never let the fires die
Take the LIE OF THE LAND

(we ain't lying)

And at home you're alone You're the people
That your parents warned you about
And all your walls are adomed with protest
And you always quote the.........

LET'S KEEP THE FLAMES OF HOPE ALIVE
And never let the fires die
Take the LIE OF THE LAND.

LET'S KEEP THE FLAMES OF HOPE ALIVE
And never forget that if the fires die.
There'd be no lie to the land
Take the lie of the land

(Take the lie of the land)
Take the lie of the land
Take a lie
Take a lie
Take a lie
Take a lie of the land

Notes:

“So this is one of the songs that we did on the EMI demos. Probably wrote this one when we got to London. One of the very early songs we wrote. When we got to London, I’d kind of got into Bob Dylan by this time and the harmonica and all that kind of stuff. This is one of the songs that we wrote in London, it was probably influenced by Subterranian Homesick Blues all that kind of stuff. It’s called Lie Of The Land” – Mike Peters

Versions

-1982 demo ‘ [2:19]: demo recorded at EMI Studios in Manchester Square, London June 3, 182

-1982 [2:31] Marching On Single version: :Produced by The Alarm, Aricentus, Steve Tannet, Harry Murlowski & Ian Wilson, Engineered by Jess Suttcliffe, Harmonica by Mark Feltham, Keyboards – Angie Knox. Recorded September 7th, 1982

-1983 live [2:57]: Recorded live at My Father’s Place Long Island, NY. Broadcast on WLIR-FM, Sept. 28, 1983

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