A little OPUS

So… as lots of people have been asking (and as some crazy website has misquoted them to sound like deranged ramblings…) we’re going to put the lyrics from the album up over the next few weeks. Rather than just adding them as a glut of copy and pasting though, I thought it might be nice to try to contextualise them or just mention little bits about how they were written or recorded… Everyone loves an anecdote…..

A Little Opus is a good starting point probably>>>>>> I heard an interview a couple of years ago with David Lammy in which he took to task the very safe state school selection policy (if at all….) of top universities… Very few people from certain areas are admitted to these institutions: they don’t even bother looking. Combined with my own educational experiences this got me thinking… When I fumbled across this report by the Sutton trust (http://www.suttontrust.com/research/the-educational-backgrounds-of-mps/1MPs_educational_backgrounds_2010_A.pdf) talking about the make up of cabinet and parliament it became pretty clear that our executive, judiciary and parliament are very skewed institutions populated by other very skewed institutions: it is a closed self fulfilling prophecy that surely does not bode well for decision making on a social policy level… Da da da da. Anyway, this bothered me so I wrote about it… Plus michael gove is surely an android designed to be a glib wrecking ball to the welfare state.

You feel the weight of imposition
Bear heavy on your own decision
Fate to face they multiply
The crush of language
And the cedent school ties
The subtle angles of tradition

Eton for portent
St. Paul’s for context
Oxbridge for vision
No need to make this popular
One man for progress
One man for past tense
One man for vision
No need to make this popular

With your school cap
Blowing in the breeze
It’s about time
That we made education
Not a funnel but a wide line
Youth to NEET
As Gove to tact
A million faces that are
Staring straight past
This mix of ignorance
And fission

I’d rather starve then
Become a member of
Your old boy’s club
Sooner depart than
See the ascension
Of the Bullingdon
Because I want to
Make a breakthrough
A tired addendum
To working hard….

As for the time signature haha, the chorus is a fast 9/4. Haha simple… Keeps you on your toes anyhow….

Hope that helps, hope you aren’t bored. Any questions, just ask.