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Everybody knows

by James Sherwood

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Everybody knows that young people never care about how the country is run
Everybody knows they’re all just taking selfies, drinking, and having fun
OK, some of them are terribly passionate. I know there’s always some of those
They’ll scream and shout til they get a sore throat
On any point they’ve got a Chomsky quote
But whatever happens they will never ever vote
It’s just something that everybody knows.

Everybody knows it’s fine if the hall for your big speech is deserted
Everybody knows if thousands turn up you’re just preaching to the converted
Cos nobody’s even listening. They don’t care what’s in the manifestos
Whatever sort of campaign you’ve run
They’ll vote the same way they’ve always done
Or follow the orders on the front page of the Sun
It’s just something that everybody knows.

Everybody knows that offering hope will only lead to rejection
Everybody knows that treating people like idiots wins an election
Cos no one ever did badly from under-estimating ordinary Joes
We want a leader with a plan for the poor
Who knows what a field of wheat is for
And will cheerfully lead us into nuclear war
It’s just something that everybody knows.


released June 13, 2017


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