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Yesterday's Men
Madness Lyrics


An insolent speck of youth
Being taken for a walk
So tightly by the ear
That he can hardly talk

Yesterday's men hang to today
To sing in the old fashioned way
It must get better in the long run
Has to get better in the long run

A metropolitan marathon
Has been held today
But who you need to catch
Will be coming the other way

Yesterday's men hang to today
To sing in any old way
It must get better in the long run
Has to get better in the long run

Because when you're told to start
How far can you go
When your race is won
And you already know
Because when you're told to stop
How far will you go
When your race is run
And you already know

Yesterday's men hang to today
To sing in any old way
It must get better in the long run
Has to get better in the long run
Will it get better in the long run
Will we be here in the long run

Yesterday's men hang to today
To sing in any old way
It must get better in the long run
Has to get better in the long run
Will it get better in the long run
Will we be here in the long run

Do do do do do do hang on
In the long run

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

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gavin leckie

I was the boy in the video getting his ear pulled by the policeman the video was filmed in Stockwell london and the Brixton Academy .

Steven Orr

Brilliant

AussieTV

That's awesome Gavin lol

Fireblade 954rr

Good story to share on this video.... cheers 🍻

www.DrumsTheWord.com

@gavin leckie Wow. So cool!!

gavin leckie

I was the white boy i was with my best mate uderma the black kid we both lived in the block behind the zebra crossing scene at the start of the video and we were both madness fans so we pestered the band whilst they shot the scene so much they invited us to come back the next day at the Brixton academy and the rest is history

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Rick Ogden

Another Madness classic...the meaning runs deeper than the words

MrMadtheory

The melody in this is just beautiful. The lyric makes me wonder if they felt they were buring out at that point as a band trying to keep on top of the charts. I suppose they had to live up to the 'nutty boys' image with the comedy video but it takes away from the song which to me calls for a more contemplative and simple treatment. This song is highly underrated as well as well as many other songs they wrote.

blackmore4

Yes, apparently they did feel 'burn out'. Funny now but this and a lot of the parent 'Mad not Mad' LP were all about weariness and ageing... written in their 20s!

John Gordon

They were simply mad as in madness my toot

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