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Lyr Add: Never Buy the Sun (Billy Bragg)

15 Jul 11 - 12:38 AM (#3188007)
Subject: Lyr Add: Billy Bragg: Never Buy the Sun
From: mark gregory

Never Buy the Sun, was written in the wake of the News of the World hacking scandal.
It also refers to the Sun's sales in Liverpool, which never recovered after its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster

Billy Bragg, who is appearing at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Trade Union Festival in Dorset on Sunday 17th July, said

"Over the past few years, any expression of social solidarity has been scorned - from the new activism of the climate camps and UK Uncut to the more traditional campaigns of the unions - but by sticking to their guns, the people of Liverpool have been vindicated in their principled stand against News International."

listen to the song and download the mp3 from http://unionsong.com/


15 Jul 11 - 12:41 AM (#3188008)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Billy Bragg: Never Buy the Sun
From: mark gregory

should be

http://unionsong.com/

the dreaded missing colon!

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    Colonoscopy performed. -Joe Offer- ;-)


15 Jul 11 - 03:03 AM (#3188039)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Billy Bragg: Never Buy the Sun
From: Les in Chorlton

He's a good man that Billy Bragg, a great songwriter and a much better singer than he is probably given credit for

L in C#


15 Jul 11 - 05:10 AM (#3188078)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Billy Bragg: Never Buy the Sun
From: Brakn

Agreed Les.


15 Jul 11 - 05:37 AM (#3188092)
Subject: Lyr Add: NEVER BUY THE SUN (Billy Bragg)
From: keyofzed

This is possibly a song with a short shelf life and it deserves a wider audience. Billy Bragg has made the MP3 freely available, so I don't think he'd object to publication of the lyrics here. These are the words as I heard them on YouTube. Feel free to correct if necessary.

NEVER BUY THE SUN
(Billy Bragg)

Someone's hiding in the bushes with a telephoto lens
While their editor assures them, the means justify the ends
Because we only hunt celebrities and it's all a bit of fun
But the Scousers never buy the Sun

And the parents of the missing girl cling desperately to hope
While a copper takes improper payments in a big brown envelope
And nobody in the newsroom asks where this information's from
But the Scousers never buy the Sun

        Tabloids make their money betting bullshit baffles brains
        And they cynically hold up their hands if anyone complains
        And they say "Well, we're just giving the people what they want"
        Well they're crying out for justice, people crying out for justice

And the man they call "The Digger" casts a proprietary eye
Over what goes on in the gutter and what happens in the Sky
And he claims he's fit and proper and the watchdog sings his song
But the Scousers never buy the Sun

International executives they hang their heads in shame
Tell us with their hands on hearts that the paperboy's to blame
But everyone who loves that kiss'n'tell, you must share the blame as well
But the Scousers never buy the Sun

        Tabloids making millions betting bullshit baffles brains
        And they cynically hold up their hands if anyone complains
        And just say "Well, we're just giving the people what they want"
        Well they're crying out for justice, people crying out for justice

In the corridors of power they all sit down to sup
with the devil and his minions and they for his opinions
But the politicians wring their hands and say "What's to be done?"
But the Scousers never buy the Sun

Well no-one comes out well when all is said and done
But the Scousers never buy the Sun


15 Jul 11 - 05:58 AM (#3188101)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Billy Bragg: Never Buy the Sun
From: Richard from Liverpool

This song is spreading like wildfire around the football forums I frequent, where the Hillsborough Disaster and the Sun's disgusting coverage of that disaster is still a very raw issue. Billy Bragg has caught the mood of the moment brilliantly.