Billy Bragg - Rumours of War Lyrics

Billy Bragg Don’t Try This at Home cover art
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There were soldiers marching on the common today
They were there again this evening
They paced up and down like seabirds on the ground
Before the storm clouds gathering

I must buy whatever tin food is left on the shelves
They're testing the air-raid sirens
They've built up the blood-banks and emptied the beds
At the hospital and the asylum

Saw a man build a shelter in his garden today
As we stood there idly chatting
He said "No, no I don't think war will come"
Yet still he carried on digging

Everything in my life that I love
Could be swept away without warning
Yet the birds still sing and the church bells ring
And the sun came up this morning

Life goes on as it did before
As the country drifts slowly to war
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Accident Waiting to Happen
  • 2 Moving the Goalposts
  • 3 Everywhere
  • 4 Cindy of a Thousand Lives
  • 5 You Woke Up My Neighbourhood
  • 6 Trust
  • 7 God's Footballer
  • 8 The Few
  • 9 Sexuality
  • 10 Mother of the Bride
  • 11 Tank Park Salute
  • 12 Dolphins
  • 13 North Sea Bubble
  • 14 Rumours of War
  • 15 Wish You Were Her
  • 16 Body of Water


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Billy Bragg
    album: Track 14 in album Don’t Try This at Home
    release date: 1991-9-17
    popularity : 59 users have visited this page.
    length: 2:50
    producer: Grant Showbiz
    vocal: Billy Bragg
    engineer: Victor van Vugt
    cello: Julia Palmer
    piano & keyboard: Amanda Vincent
    violin & viola: Mary Ramsey
    strings arranger: Mary Ramsey
    composer: Billy Bragg
    lyricist: Billy Bragg
    Album Information
    label: Liberation Records
    country(area): Australia
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin