Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards - Billy Bragg

    It may have been Camelot for Jack and Jacqueline
    But on the Che Guevara highway filling up with gasoline
    Fidel Castro's brother spies a rich lady who's crying
    Over luxury's disappointment
    So he walks over and he's trying
    To sympathise with her but he thinks that he should warn her
    That the Third World is just around the corner

    In the Soviet Union a scientist is blinded
    By the resumption of nuclear testing and he is reminded
    That Dr Robert Oppenheimer's optimism fell
    At the flrst hurdle

    In the Cheese Pavilion and the only noise I hear
    Is the sound of people stacking chairs
    And mopping up spilt beer
    And someone asking questions and basking in the light
    Of the fifteen fame filled minutes of the fanzine writer

    Mixing Pop and Politics he asks me what the use is
    I offer him embarrassment and my usual excuses
    While looking down the corridor
    Out to where the van is waiting
    I'm looking for the Great Leap forwards

    Jumble sales are organised and pamphlets have been posted
    Even after closing time there's still parties to be hosted
    You can be active with the activists
    Or sleep in with the sleepers
    While you're waiting for the Great Leap Forwards

    One leap forwards, two leaps back
    Will politics get me the sack?

    Here comes from the future and you can't run from it
    If you've got a blacklist I want to be on it

    It's a mighty long way down rock 'n roll
    From Top of the Pops to drawing the dole

    If no one seems to understand
    Start your own revolution, cut out the middleman

    In a perfect world we'd all sing in tune
    But this is reality so give me some room

    So join the struggle while you may
    The Revolution is just a t-shirt away
    Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards

    Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards


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