A socialism of the heart – Fridays with Billy.

I woke up this morning with the line “I’ve got a socialism of the heart” in my ear, so I guess “Upfield” is up!

“Upfield” is one of those boppy, Motown-esque (actually, it’s a little more Stax-esque, with those horns) Bragg compositions that reads as poetry, even while referencing his passion for English football and social justice. I’m telling you, I don’t know how the man pulls this off so often – it’s a thing of great beauty (link to complete lyrics after the clip, and if you’re wondering what “Fridays with Billy” is, click here).

I’m going upfield, way up on the hillside
I’m going higher than I’ve ever been before
That’s where you’ll find me, over the horizon
Wading in the river, reaching for that other shore

I dreamed I saw a tree full of angels, up on Primrose Hill
And I flew with them over the Great Wen till I had seen my fill
Of such poverty and misery sure to tear my soul apart
I’ve got a socialism of the heart, I’ve got a socialism of the heart

I’m going upfield, way up on the hillside
I’m going higher than I’ve ever been before
That’s where you’ll find me, over the horizon
Wading in the river, reaching for that other shore

The angels asked me how I felt about all I’d seen and heard
That they spoke to me, a pagan, gave me cause to doubt their word
But they laughed and said: “I doesn’t matter if you’ll help us in our art
You’ve got a socialism of the heart, you’ve got a socialism of the heart”

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lyrics

2 Comments

  1. dmf

     /  December 16, 2011

    for thatgirlb and fridays: