“There ain’t no black in the Union Jack”

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Manic Street Preachers – “Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit’sworldwouldfallapart” from
The Holy Bible (1994)

Manic Street Preachers – “4st 7lb” from The Holy Bible (1994)

The Manic Street Preachers are one of the more provocative bands around, or at least they were in 1994 (I don’t know their more recent work). I bought this album based on its title and the titles of the songs, and ended up with the band’s magnum opus. The two songs here are standouts. The lyrics are nuts, not to mention incomprehensible when listening to the songs (read them here and here). It is also impossible to figure out how the lyrics fit with the music when reading them without listening to the song at the same time.

Most of the lyrics were written by Ritchey James Edwards (second from left in the above photo) who disappeared mysteriously shortly after the album was completed. According to this, Mr. Edwards’ family has decided to change Ritchey’s legal status from “missing” to “presumed dead.”

The title “Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit’sworldwouldfallapart” is correct as written, even with the grammatically incorrect apostrophe and the lack of spaces.

Buy the Manics

Posted by Adam

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