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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Missing The Point

According to today's Guardian, former Blair speechwriter Phil Collins thinks that the real problem the Government has is "that Labour's faith in central government draws from the deep, poisoned well of its Fabian tradition" and instead "the only hope for the party is to excavate its liberal treasure". I must be missing the point, as I don't understand a single word of his argument. Regular readers will, however, know that I'm a big fan of his and Linda and I have a lot of his earlier writing amongst our collection at home. Here's one about Labour voters that I particularly like. It's called "Against All Odds":

How can I just let you walk away, just let you leave without a trace?
When I stand here taking every breath with you
Ooh, you're the only one who really knew me at all.

How can you just walk away from me when all I can do is watch you leave'
'Cos we shared the laughter and the pain and even shared the tears.
You're the only one who really knew me at all.

So take a look at me now
Well, there's just an empty space
And there's nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face.

Oh, take a look at me now
there's just an empty space
And you coming back to me is against the odds
And that's what I've got to face.

I wish I could just make you turn around
Turn around and see me cry.
There's so much I need to say to you
So many reasons why.
You're the only one who really knew me at all.

So take a look at me now
Well, there's just an empty space
And there's nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face.

Now take a look at me now
'Cos there's just an empty space
But to wait for you is all I can do and that's what I've got to face.

Take a look at me now
'Cos I'll still be standing here
And you coming back to me is against all odds
It's the chance I've got to take.
Take a look at me now.

1 comment:

Hymie Akehurstein said...

Well I never. Blair employed Midget Phil collins as a speech writer. I thought the artful dodger had better things to do like writing crap songs