Cardiac Arrest
Madness Lyrics


Papers in the morning
Bowler hat on head
Walking to the bus stop
He's longing for his bed,
Waiting with his neighbours
In the rush hour queue
Got to get the first bus
So much for him to do.
He's got to hurry
Got to get his seat
Can't miss his place
Got to rest his feet.

Ten more minutes till he gets there
The crossword's nearly done.
It's been so hard these days
Not nearly so much fun.
His mind wanders to the office
His telephone, desk and chair
He's been happy with the company
They've treated him real fair.
Think of seven letters
Begin and end in 'C'
Like a big American car
But misspelt with a 'D'.
I wish this bus'd get a move on,
Driver's taking his time.
I just don't know, I'll be late
Oh dear what will the boss say?
Pull yourself together now
Don't get in a state

Don't you worry
There's no hurry
It's a lovely day
Could all be going your way
Take the doc's advice
Let up enjoy your life
Listen to what they say
It's not a game they play.

He'll never get there at this rate
He's caught up in a jam.
There's a meeting this morning
It's just his luck oh damn!
His hand dives in his pocket
For his handkerchief.
Pearls of sweat on his collar
His pulse-beat seems so brief.
Eyes fall on his wristwatch
The seconds pass real slow
Gasping for the hot air
But the chest pain it won't go.
Tried to ask for help
But can't seem to speak a word,
Words are whispered frantically
But don't seem to be heard.
What about the wife and kids?
They all depend on me!

We're so sorry
We told you not to hurry.
Now it's just too late
You've got a certain date
We thought we made it clear
We all voiced our inner fears
We left it up to you
There's nothing we can do.

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: CATHAL SMYTH, CATHAL JOSEPH SMYTH, CHRISTOPHER FOREMAN, CHRISTOPHER JOHN FOREMAN, DANIEL MARK WOODGATE, GRAHAM MCPHERSON, LEE JAY THOMPSON, MARK WILLIAM BEDFORD, MICHAEL BARSON

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

mdcs1992

This is such a great and clever song, Superb in the way it describes a literally fatal event within a catchy tune. I've often written out song lyrics for enjoyment. The fact that the first song I wrote out was "Ernie" by Benny Hill will reveal how long I've been doing this.

Anyway, for your enjoyment, here are the lyrics:

Papers in the morning
Bowler hat on head
Walking to the bus stop
Hes longing for his bed,
Waiting with his neighbours
In the rush hour queue
Got to get the first bus
So much for him to do.
Hes got to hurry
Got to get his seat
Can't miss his place
Got to rest his feet.
Ten more minutes till he gets there
The crosswords nearly done.
Its been so hard these days
Not nearly so much fun.
His mind wanders to the office
His telephone, desk and chair
Hes been happy with the company
Theyve treated him real fair.
Think of seven letters
Begin and end in c
Like a big american car
But misspelt with a d.
I wish this busd get a move on,
Drivers taking his time.
I just dont know, I'll be late
Oh dear what will the boss say?
Pull yourself together now
Don't get in a state
Don't you worry
There's no hurry
It's a lovely day
Could all be going your way
Take the docs advice
Let up enjoy your life
Listen to what they say
Its not a game they play.
Never get there at this rate
Hes caught up in a jam.
There's a meeting this morning
It's just his luck oh damn!
His hand dives in his pocket
For his handkerchief.
Pearls of sweat on his collar
His pulse-beat seems so brief.
Eyes fall on his wristwatch
The seconds pass real slow
Gasping for the hot air
But the chest pain it wont go.
Tried to ask for help
But cant seem to speak a word,
Words are whispered frantically
But dont seem to be heard.
What about the wife and kids?
They all depend on me!
We're so sorry
We told you not to hurry.
Now its just too late
You've got a certain date
We thought we made it clear
We all voiced our inner fears
We left it up to you
Theres nothing we can do.

Don't you worry
There's no hurry
It's a lovely day
Could all be going your way
Take the docs advice
Let up enjoy your life (fade)



All comments from YouTube:

Xanofar

Does anyone else love the ending when everybody just starts smiling and singing together?

RichardM8422

@SolidGold Yes, definitely!

Donna Beattie

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SolidGold

That’s why they show the ambulance and then the businessman says “there’s no hurry”. Because the ambulance can’t save him anyway.

SolidGold

Because he’s already dead.

Sixx Lee

I certainly do.

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John O'Donoghue

This song needs to be played at all Corporate Christmas parties and at other office parties also. It is still crazy the way people put their jobs ahead of their personal wellbeing. By all means add value at work because people do depend on you, but you depend on you even more.

Donna Beattie

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Kevin Davies

This was the first Madness single in a while that failed to make the top ten in the UK charts, only peaking at number 14. This was due to it receiving very little airplay on the radio due to the subject matter, despite it not actually being banned. It is however imo as good as any of the early Madness singles with yet again another brilliant video.

Kris Starring

I'm a Yank, mind you, and I picked up their self-titled compilation album when I was about 11 or 12 years old based on my love for their smash hit "Our House" that was played ad nauseum on radio here. They aren't known for much more on this side of The Pond outside of hardcore music collectors and early listeners to "alternative rock." This song was also on said album, but it introduced me to their sort of brand of "upbeat pessimism" that made me fall in love with the band further and synced up with my other music preferences like Talking Heads.

It stood out to me because it was sort of the contrast to your typical American theme of "Work makes the man." It sort of opened my eyes to the idea that, if you don't let up and enjoy your life, what is all that measured success for? It's a balance. Folks that work 110% of their life might get "rewarded," but do they actually award themselves time to enjoy those said rewards? I guess that is why it was an Englishman and not an American that said "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

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