Billy Bragg Fight Songs



Billy Bragg Volume 1

2006 Cooking Vinyl (CD) BRAGGBOX001
114 tracks on 10 disc boxed set inc live footage

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Track Listing


Disc 1
The Milkman Of Human Kindness
To Have And To Have Not
Richard
A New England
The Man With The Iron Mask
The Busy Girl Buys Beauty

Disc 2
It Says Here
Love Gets Dangerous
The Myth Of Trust
From A Vauxhall Velox
The Saturday Boy
Island Of No Return
St Swithin's Day
Like Soldiers Do
This Guitar Says Sorry
Strange Things Happen
A Lover Sings

Disc 3
Greetings To The New Brunette
Train Train
The Marriage
Ideology
Levi Stubbs' Tears
Honey, I'm A Big Boy Now
There Is Power In A Union
Help Save The Youth Of America
Wishing The Days Away
The Passion
The Warmest Room
The Home Front

Disc 4
Strange Things Happen (Alt Version)
The Cloth (1)
Love Lives Here
Speedway Hero
Loving You Too Long
This Guitar Says Sorry (Alt Version)
Love Gets Dangerous (Alt Version)
The Cloth (2)
The Man In The Iron Mask (Alt Version)
A13, Trunk Road To The Sea
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend

Disc 5
It Must Be A River
Won't Talk About It
Talking Wag Club Blues
You Got The Power
The Last Time
Back To The Old House
A Lover Sings (Alt Version)
Which Side Are You On
It Says Here
Between The Wars
World Turned Upside Down

Disc 6
Sin City
Deportees
There Is Power In A Union (Inst)
The Tracks Of My Tears
Wishing The Days Away (Alt Take)
The Clashing Of Ideologies (Alt Version)
Greetings To The New Brunette (Demo)
A Nurse's Life Is Full Of Woe
Only Bad Signs
Hold The Fort

Disc 7
The Internationale
I Dreamed I Say Phil Ochs Last Night
The Marching Song Of The Covert Battalions
Blake's Jerusalem
Nicaragua Nicaraguita
The Red Flag
My Youngest Son Came Home Today
Intro (Live)
Help Save The Youth Of America (Live)
Think Again (Live)
Chile Your Waters Run Red Through Soweto (Live)
Days Like These (DC Remix)
To Have And To Have Not (Live)
There Is Power In A Union (With The Pattersons)
Joe Hill
This Land Is Your Land
Never Cross A Picket Line
A Change Is Gonna Come
A Miner's Life

BACK TO MUSIC

The Home front
Father mows the lawn and Mother peels the potatoes
Grandma lays the table alone
And adjusts a photograph of the unknown soldier
In this Holy of Holies, the Home
And from the TV an unwatched voice
Suggests the answer is to plant more trees
The scrawl on the wall says what about the workers
And the voice of the people says more salt please

Mother shakes her head and reads aloud from the newspaper
As Father puts another lock on the door
And reflects upon the violent times that we are living in
While chatting with the wife beater next door
If paradise to you is cheap beer and overtime
Home truths are easily missed
Something that every football fan knows
It only takes five fingers to form a fist

And when it rains here it rains so hard
But never hard enough to wash away the sorrow
I'll trade my love today for a greater love tomorrow
The lonely child looks out and dreams of independence
From this family life sentence

Mother sees but does not read the peeling posters
And can't believe that there's a world to be won
But in the public schools and in the public houses
The Battle of Britain goes on
The constant promise of jam tomorrow
Is the New Breed's litany and verse
If it takes another war to fill the churches of England
Then the world the meek inherit, what will it be worth

Mother fights the tears and Father, his sense of outrage
And attempts to justify the sacrifice
To pass their creed down to another generation
'Anything for the quiet life'
In the Land of a Thousand Doses
Where nostalgia is the opium of the age
Our place in History is as
clock watchers, old timers, window shoppers