‘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"
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)
-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