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Lyr Add: No Cause for Alarm (Bill Prince)

GUEST,Soggy Maineiac 22 May 11 - 07:26 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Bill Prince's 'No Cause For Alarm'
From: GUEST,Soggy Maineiac
Date: 22 May 11 - 07:26 PM

Hello Mudcatters! Well we finally had a day without rain here in Maine (Hi, Kendall!), although not sunny where I live. While mowing the lawn this song was running through my head after reading an article about the partial meltdown at Fukushima, and when I came inside I got out the album and transcribed all the lyrics I could, but some just aren't clear. I have it on an album sung by Pete Coe and Red Shift. Any help?

No Cause For Alarm
by Bill Prince

E-tests(?) on Christmas Island
        No cause for alarm
Cover your face with your hands
        No one will come to harm
Just follow your orders and do as you're told
The situation is under control
        And there's no cause, no cause for alarm

Power station at Windscale
        No cause for alarm
Safety measures that can't fail
        No one will come to harm
Pay compensation to three or four men
And rest assured it can't happen again
        So there's no cause, no cause for alarm

Research labs at Eddington
        No cause for alarm
Working with uranium
        No one will come to harm
Though there's been a slight leak for the last 20 years
The experts confirm that there's nothing to fear
        And there's no cause, no cause for alarm

Cruise missiles at Greenham
        No cause for alarm
American soldiers to guard them
        No one will come to harm
They're just a deterrent so what's all the fuss
They won't push the button without asking us
        And there's no cause, no cause for alarm

Nuclear waster on Katelstoe(?)
        No cause for alarm
It has to go somewhere we all know
        No one will come to harm
We'll bury the waste right under the clay
In two hundred years or so it will decay
        So there's no cause, no cause for alarm

Government down at Westminster
        No cause for alarm
??? is nothing ???
        No one will come to harm
Though we keep a few secrets it must be understood
We can't tell you everything for your own good
        No cause, no cause for alarm
        No cause, no cause for alarm


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Subject: Lyr Add: NO CAUSE FOR ALARM (Bill Prince)
From: GUEST,Soggy Maineiac
Date: 22 May 11 - 07:31 PM

Wouldn't you know it, I just found the lyrics online after my first search turned up nothing. So here they are, from http://www.billprince.co.uk/nocauseforalarm.php

No Cause For Alarm
I do unfortunately (for me!) have a tendency to write songs with a "sing-by" date on them! "No Cause For Alarm" is an example of that - some of the things mentioned in the song are no longer relevant. In an effort to redress this I wrote some new verses in 2004, but I've only sung them once - somehow it didn't feel right. Perhaps it’s just too ingrained in my head in the original form.

This song was recorded by Red Shift on their album, Back In The Red; when John Adams played me a snippet of their arrangement in a North London club, I didn’t recognise it at first.

No Cause For Alarm       © Bill Prince 1984/2004
A-tests on Christmas Island       No cause for alarm
Cover your face with your hands       No-one will come to harm
Follow your orders, do as you're told
The situation is under control and there's
No cause, no cause for alarm

Power station at Windscale       No cause for alarm
Safety measures that can't fail       No-one will come to harm
We've paid compensation to three or four men
But rest assured it can't happen again and there's
No cause, no cause for alarm

Research lab at Teddington       No cause for alarm
Working with Uranium       No-one will come to harm
Though there's been a slight leak for about twenty years
The experts confirm that there's nothing to fear and there's
No cause, no cause for alarm

Cruise missiles at Greenham       No cause for alarm
American soldiers to guard the       No-one will come to harm
They're just a deterrent, what's all the fuss?
They won't push the button without asking us and there's
No cause, no cause for alarm

Nuclear waste dump at Elstow       No cause for alarm
It has to go somewhere, we all know       No-one will come to harm
We'll bury the waste deep under the clay
In two hundred years or so it will decay and there's
No cause, no cause for alarm

Government at Westminster       No cause for alarm
There really is nothing sinister       No-one will come to harm
Though we keep a few secrets it must be understood
We can't tell you everything for your own good but there's
No cause, no cause for alarm
No cause for alarm
No cause for alarm

New (replacement) verse 2
Power station at Windscale No Cause for Alarm
Safety measures that can't fail       No-one will come to harm
There's fire in the chimney, worst incident yet
But we'll just change the name and they'll quickly forget, so there's
No Cause, No Cause for Alarm

2 New verses
Weapons of Mass Destruction       No Cause for Alarm
We know that Saddam must have some       No-one will come to harm
He's hidden them well, on that you can bet
So it isn't surprising we've not found them yet, but there's
No Cause, No Cause for Alarm

Back up at Windscale again       No Cause for Alarm ( I refuse to call it Sellafield)
We're missing some plutonium       No-one will come to harm
It's just thirty kilos, a trivial amount
And we've not really lost it, it's just we can't count, but there's
No Cause, No Cause for Alarm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Pete Coe's 'No Cause For Alarm'
From: Leadfingers
Date: 22 May 11 - 07:55 PM

As Tom Lehrer said , IF you want any World War Three songs , write them now , there wont be time to write them once it starts !
We'll All go together When We Go !!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Pete Coe's 'No Cause For Alarm'
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 22 May 11 - 08:07 PM

Not to be confused with Dick Gaughan's great song of the same title.


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