Rumours of War Song Lyrics

Billy Bragg

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

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