Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards

Billy Bragg


writers: Stephen William Bragg
album: Track 11 in album Workers Playtime
release date: 1988-9
popularity : 11 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Indie Rock/Indie Pop
length: 4:36
drums: Micky Waller
piano: Cara Tivey
vocal: Billy Bragg
engineer: Martin Hayles
electric guitar: Wiggy, Martin Belmont and Billy Bragg
background vocals: Jayne Creamer, Cara Tivey, Kaya Jenner, Michelle Shocked, Wiggy and George Peckham
electric bass guitar: Bruce Thomas
assistant engineer: Graham Dear
producer: Joe Boyd and Wiggy
composer: Billy Bragg
lyricist: Billy Bragg

Album Information

label: Go! Discs
country(area): United Kingdom
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Billy Bragg Workers Playtime cover art


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It may have been Camelot for Jack and Jacqueline
Fidel Castro's brother spies a rich lady who's crying
So he walks over and he's trying
That the Third World is just around the corner
By the resumption of nuclear testing and he is reminded
At the first hurdle
Is the sound of someone stacking chairs
And someone asking questions and basking in the light
Mixing pop and politics he asks me what the use is
While looking down the corridor
I'm looking for the great leap forwards
And pamphlets have been posted
You can be active with the activists
While you're waiting for the great leap forwards
Will politics get me the sack?
If you've got a blacklist I want to be on it
From Top of the Pops to drawing the dole
Start your own revolution and cut out the middleman
But this is reality so give me some room
The revolution is just a tee shirt away


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 She's Got a New Spell
  • 2 Must I Paint You a Picture
  • 3 Tender Comrade
  • 4 The Price I Pay
  • 5 Little Time Bomb
  • 6 Rotting on Remand
  • 7 Valentine's Day Is Over
  • 8 Life With the Lions
  • 9 The Only One
  • 10 The Short Answer
  • 11 Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards