13/01/2010

Stand Up

Stand Up lyrics (by Nathan Ball)

When the situation, was more manageable all action, was neglected
Now that it has so assiduously eluded our grip
We apply to late the remedies to lessen our allure
Towards such deeply set benightedness, and the chances of a cure

Stand up, eyes open, ears down too the ground
There is nothing in this story that is new for us to find
It boasts an age that is comparable to the books of sybillines
Stand up, eyes open, ears down too the ground

It does fall into that long and dismal, catalogue of fruitlessness
In the confirmed unteachability of mankind through experience
Want of foresight and no care to act when action would be simple
Lack of clear affective thinking by a confused council until

Emergency inevitably summons up its song
Until self preservation rises up to strike it’s jarring gong
These are the features that do constitute, our endless repetition
throughout his…. story

Stand up, eyes open, ears down to the ground
Stand up, eyes open, ears down to the ground

Their power lies in our obedience
So we must disobey
Instead of settling for convenience
To then look, the other way

Stand up, eyes open, ears down to the ground
Stand up, eyes open, ears down to the ground
Stand up.

Words of a Winston Churchill speech (adapted for ‘Stand Up’)

“When the situation was manageable, it was neglected. And now that it is thoroughly out of hand, we apply to late the remedies which then might have effected a cure. There is nothing new in the story, it is as old as the sibylline books. It falls into that long dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until emergency comes, until self preservation strikes its jarring gong…
-These are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”
Winston Churchill, 1935

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