Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Kinks-Muswell Hillbillies protest against Eminent Domain Abuse (1971)

"Muswell Hillbilly" is an album by the Kinks concerning a revolt against eminent domain. Some highlights:

"I was born in a welfare state
Ruled by bureaucracy
Controlled by civil servants...
And people dressed in grey
Got no privacy, got no liberty
Cause the twentieth century people
Took it all away from me.
Don't wanna get myself shot down
By some trigger happy policeman,
Gotta keep a hold on my sanity
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna die here."

"I got a letter this morning with serious news that's gone and ruined my day,
The borough surveyor's used compulsory purchase to acquire my domaine,
They're gonna pull up the floors, they're gonna knock down the walls,
They're gonna dig up the drains.
Here come the people in grey they're gonna take me away...
I'm gonna live in a tent, we're gonna pay no more rent we're gonna pay no more rates,
We're gonna live in a field, we're gonna buy me gun, to keep the policemen away.
I'm gonna pass me a brand new resolution,
I'm gonna fight me a one man revolution, someway,
Gonna beat those people in grey."

"Unionists tell you when to strike,
Generals tell you when to fight,
Preachers tell you wrong from right,
They'll feed you when you're born,
And use you all your life."

"They're putting us in little boxes,
No character just uniformity,
They're trying to build a computerized community,
But they'll never make a zombie out of me.
They'll try and make me study elocution,
Because they say my accent isn't right,
They can clear the slums as part of their solution,
But they're never gonna kill my cockney pride."

See all the lyrics HERE

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