Set the House Ablaze
The Jam Lyrics


I was in the pub last night
A mutual friend of ours said
he'd seen you in the uniform
Yeah the leather belt looks manly
The black boots butch
But oh what a bastard to get off

Promises, promises
They offer real solutions
But hatred has never won for long

You was so open minded
But by someone blinded
And now your sign says closed

Promises, promises
They offer real solutions
But hatred has never won for long

I think we've lost our perception
I think we've lost sight of the goals we should
Be working for
I think we've lost our reason
We stumble blindly and that vision must be restored

I wish that there was something
I could do about it
I wish that there was some way
I could try to fight it
Scream and shout it

But something you said set the house ablaze
It is called indoctrination
And it happens on all levels
But it has nothing to do with equality
It has nothing to do with democracy
And though it professes to
It has nothing to do with humanity
It is cold, hard and mechanical

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: PAUL JOHN WELLER

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
To comment on specific lyrics, highlight them
Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found
Comments from YouTube:

James Ian-Allen

The Jam were the best out of all the u/k "punk" bands...they had it all, class/talent/harmonies/attitude/and a superb song writer in Mr. Paul Weller...this stuff never gets old or sounds dated/tired...pure bliss.

Gabriel Rearte

So evocative. Absolute masterpiece, and a step ahead in the distinctive, unique sound of the boys. Easily, one of the essential tracks of the decade.

Motel Ghost

One of the very best Jam songs, right up there with Happy Together.

Sound Affects

Oops. Didn't to reply with one of my band accounts...lol

Sound Affects

I agree. This is a banger. So is Happy Together.

Sound Affects

I agree. This is a banger. So is Happy Together.

Martin Hugh Henley

Really? "Happy Together" is nice, but this is a world away, really, a truly monumental track.

Selina Mustafa

Just discovered Bloc Party’s Helicopter basically sampled the entire intro of this song! Wow!

KwakZedRider93

I remember when this came out. The band sounded fresh and vital and angry again after the over-produced sound of Setting Sons. Ricks drumming is top notch and pushed up high in the mix. Paul's guitar rips your face off as a Rickenbacker should!

Sound Affects

In the City
Modern Worl
All Mod Cons
Setting Sons
Sound Affects
The Gift

(Dig the New Breed, live album...erm...lemme see...where did that go...? I fancy between SA and TG)

More Comments

More Videos