Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Young Marble Giants recorded the last song you need to hear before the world ends

Young Marble Giants : Final Day

Released in May of 1980, Young Marble Giant's "Final Day" didn't make my list of 1980's most anxious songs about nuclear warfare, only because I'm still learning here. I spent the better part of 1980 trying to survive life in a boarding school in an area where only one FM rock station signal could be dialed in and they certainly weren't playing Young Marble Giants. 

It may be the year's most haunting single, in large part because of Alison Statton's matter-of-fact delivery.

When the rich die last
Like the rabbits
Running from a lucky past
Full of shadow cunning
And the world lights up
For the final day
We will all be poor
Having had our say
 Put a blanket up on the window pane
When the baby cries lullaby again
As the light goes out on the final day
For the people who never had a say
There is so much noise
There is too much heat
And the living floor
Throws you off your feet
As the final day falls into the night
There is peace outside In the narrow light

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