Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards
Billy Bragg Lyrics


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 sympathize 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 first hurdle

In the Cheese Pavilion and the only noise I hear
Is the sound of someone stacking chairs
And mopping up spilled 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 forward

Jumble sales are organized
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 forward, two leaps back
Will politics get me the sack?
Waiting for the great leap forwards
Well, here comes the future and you can't run from it
If you've got a blacklist, I want to be on it
Waiting for the great leap forwards
Oh, it's a mighty long way down rock 'n roll
From "Top of the Pops" to drawing the dole
You're waiting for the great leap forwards
If no one out there understands
Then start your own revolution and cut out the middleman
Waiting for the great leap forwards
In a perfect world we'd all sing in tune
But this is reality so give me some room
Waiting for the great leap forwards
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
Waiting for the great leap forwards
Waiting for the great leap forwards
(Baby, I'm strutting) waiting for the great leap forwards
Waiting for the great leap forwards
Waiting for the great leap forwards
Waiting for the great leap forwards
Waiting for the great leap forwards
Waiting for the great leap forwards

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Stephen William Bragg

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Sniffing Glue

This could quite possibly be the best song that I've ever heard.

J.D G

@Surf wave Tim Ray Law Shameless self-promotion, your cover sounds like shit mate

Surf wave Tim Ray Law

Best cover https://youtu.be/YB_Gx04Ke_Q

Russ Barton

It is!

Scotty boi

This is the best song ever written bar none

Dave P

@neil walsh oof

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Section 8

Been listening to this during the pandemic crisis and I'm just glad this song exists and gives me hope

Surf wave Tim Ray Law

Best cover https://youtu.be/YB_Gx04Ke_Q

Fickle Epicure

It genuinely does seem like we might be closer to it than we ever have in any of our lifetimes.

vik84blid

Played this at my mum's funeral....ever the activist...most selfless women I've ever know....gone to soon xx

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