‘Marching On’ (The Alarm)

‘Marching On’ (MacDonald/Peters), The Alarm

Lead Vocals:Mike Peters
Lyrics (from Declaration album version)
:

Well,
There's a young boy standing
Staring at the world
You know he can't control his anger
You can see it in his eyes
He's gonna smash the window
He's gonna tear down the walls
Hey mister you don't understand it
Take a look at it through my eyes
These are the kids they're powerless
So you tell them so
These are the kids they're powerful
Don't say you haven't been told

(And we'll go)
 MARCHING ON
Hear our sound hear our voice
We're growing stronger
(And we'll go)
 MARCHING ON
We�re not alone and we're keeping on, we're
MARCHING ON 

Take a walk round your city walls
Before it all comes down
(Tumbeling down)
Take a walk down any street
You're gonna feel the stares of us all
And can you feel it burning
(Burning)
Shame is what it's called
You'd better look at what you have created
And think of all the people who hate you
These are the people that made you
When you said you cared for us all
These are the people who�ll break you
Get prepared for the fall 

(And we'll go)
 MARCHING ON
Hear our sound hear our voice
We're growing stronger
(And we'll go)
 MARCHING ON
We�re not alone and we're keeping on, we're
MARCHING ON 

We're the young who stand up
We must never be silenced
We've gotta speak up now
 For all our sakes
And lift our voices higher
`Let's sing our song
Keep on marching marching
And never forget
About  the power on the right side
Fights the power on the left
We have got to stand together
Forget the east and west
'Cause there's another voice crying in the ghetto
Another mouth to feed
Another heart beating in the ghetto
Another soul to set free 

(And we'll go)
 MARCHING ON
Hear our sound hear our voice
We�re growing stronger
(And we'll go)
 MARCHING ON
We�re not alone and we're keeping on, we're going
MARCHING ON 

Keep on MARCHING, MARCHING, MARCHING ON
Lift up your voices higher

(MARCHING, MARCHING, MARCHING ON)
Oh yeah
Lift up your voices now
And sing this song

(MARCHING, MARCHING, MARCHING ON)

Cause our hearts must have the courage
To keep on
MARCHING ON
Alternate Lyrics From 1982 demo

Song stars with:

What's the point of living
If you can't live your life the way you want to anymore?
Alternate Lyrics From 1983 KBHF take 2:
Song starts with:
"Give me your hands
Reach for the sky
These hearts, these souls
Gimme a gimme a gimme your hands
A gimme your hands
And we go marching on
One, two, three, four"

Notes:

Mike Peters Notes

We recorded this live in the studio, just belting it out because we needed a really good version. It’s the only nod we make to our past, and since the album is 50 minutes long, we thought we could justify recording a we had already done.
(Boston Rock, 1984)

Versions

-1982 demo version[3:54]: From August 1982 demo session funded by Ian Wilson. Recorded at Brittania Row Studios, London

-1982 single version[3:30]: Illegal Songs. Inc. BMI, Produced by The Alarm, Aricentus, Steve Tannet, Harry Murlowski & Ian Wilson, Engineered by Jess Suttcliffe, Harmonica: Marc Feltham, Keyboards: Angie Knox. Recorded September 7th, 1982

-1983 Live version [5:58]: Recorded at  My Fathers Place. Long Island 1983′

– 1983 Live KBFH take 2 [5:41]: :Recorded June 27th, 1983 at The Metre, Boston, MA, USA.

-1983 Live KBFH [4:00] :Recorded June 27th, 1983 at The Metre, Boston, MA, USA.

– (Richard Skinner Session), released in 2008 on “The Alarm Radio Sessions 1983-1991”

-1984 Declaration Album version [3:35], Produced by Alan Shacklock, Engineered by Chris Porter Recorded at Abbey Road & Good Earth Studios, Novemeber 1983

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