Wake Up the Nation
Paul Weller Lyrics


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Fish from the paper, fresh from the sea
The cracks in the pavement, the city in siege
I don't know where to replace it or who to believe
Can't find on the pavement or lay on his knees
Scratching around in a second I got where you should be

We're going to wake up the nation, don't be no drag
Shake up the station, a night up ahead
We're going to wake up the nation, don't be no drag
Shake up the station, a night on our hands

Nowhere to be
Nowhere to be

Get your face off the Facebook and turn off your phone
The death of the post box, no one is home

Scratching around in a second I got where you should be

Nowhere to be
Nowhere to be

We're going to wake up the nation, don't be no drag
Shake up the station, a night up ahead
We're going to wake up the nation, don't be no drag
Shake up the station, a night on our hands

We're going to wake up the nation, don't be no drag
Shake up the station, a night up ahead



We're going to wake up the nation, don't be no drag
Shake up the station, a night on our hands

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Wake Up the Nation by Paul Weller point out the disconnection of individuals from reality due to the increased use of social media and technology. The first verse talks about the disparity between the natural and the man-made environment, with the reference to fish from the paper and the cracks in the pavement. The city, though constructed by humans, seems under siege, and the singer appears lost in it. The lines 'I don't know where to replace it or whom to believe/Can't find on the pavement or lay on his knees' highlight the confusion and helplessness of the person who seeks direction and guidance. However, in the next line, 'Scratching around in a second, I got where you should be', there seems a sudden realization of the right place or purpose, which Weller leaves to the listener's imagination.


In the chorus, the singer urges the people to 'wake up the nation' and 'shake up the station.' It is a call to action, to not be constrained by the virtual world but engage in the real one, to not be a drag but be proactive. The following verses talk about the addiction to social media and technology that isolates people from society, leading to the 'death of the post box, no one is home.' The repetition of 'nowhere to be' could indicate the aimlessness and lack of direction that arises from being consumed by technology. However, the chorus reiterates the need to 'wake up' the nation and take charge and implies that it is not too late to reverse the trend.


Line by Line Meaning

Fish from the paper, fresh from the sea
The irony of buying paper-wrapped fish from the supermarket while fresh fish is still available from the sea.


The cracks in the pavement, the city in siege
The sorry state of the city's infrastructure, with cracks and potholes everywhere like the sign of the urban chaos.


I don't know where to replace it or who to believe
Feeling helpless and unsure of how to fix the problems at hand, including lack of trust in leaders and institutions.


Can't find on the pavement or lay on his knees
The hopelessness of trying to find solutions on one's own, whether by looking down at the pavement or begging on one's knees.


Scratching around in a second I got where you should be
Finding the answer within oneself once they stop looking for a solution outside themselves.


Get your face off the Facebook and turn off your phone
The negative impact of social media and technology, which often serves as a distraction from the real world and human connections.


The death of the post box, no one is home
The disappearance of traditional communication and community, with empty mailboxes signifying a lack of connection and communication.


Nowhere to be
A sense of loss and disconnection, without a place or community to belong to.


We're going to wake up the nation, don't be no drag
A call to action for individuals to stand up and make a change, rather than being passive or complacent.


Shake up the station, a night up ahead
A sense of excitement and optimism about the potential for change and a new future.


A night on our hands
An opportunity to take control and make a difference, with the potential for great things to happen.




Lyrics Β© Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: SIMON DINE, PAUL WELLER

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Chrisst

@gamer4life I assume you mean the Ovation.
I'd say that might have been one he'd want to keep.
The full list AFAIK is:
Hofner bass. Broken
320: Weller says he still has it.
330. Ruby In The City: Smashed by Weller because of tuning problems
1997. News Of The World: Hired?
330. Fireglow. All Mod Cons, I am Nobody: Given to John Wratten of Small World and sold in the last few years.
330. Jetglow, Eton Rifles: converted to Whamm guitar: Peacock Suit: Unknown
330. White, Absolute Beginners: Given to Noel Gallagher.
330. All jetglow, Wake Up The Nation: Given to Steve Craddock.



All comments from YouTube:

Chris Smith

Weller wrote this number about his frustration with the UK's obsession with crappy talent shows such as Crap-Factor and Britain Has Talent. Couldn't agree more Paul. It's glorified karaoke, nothing more.

Jonathan Hadley

All safe corporatised & commercialised...................................!

Derek Pugh

Great track πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸŽΈπŸŽΆ

iza alar

BuenΓ­sima CanciΓ³n

zuludelta100

Bleedin vicious love it

Tomas Alarcon de Castro

Temazo

Sonia Veness

Love this

Lynnie Heal

great song :)

Christine Newton

Top video from top man Paul Weller keep it up mate xxx

Maria Vittoria Pittamiglio

Il re!!! Un capo nella musica e nel look

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