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14 February 2006

Integral

Neil and Chris have long been opposed to the British government’s plan to introduce a compulsory ID card system linked to a central computer base. Last night the government’s revised plans were passed by the House of Commons. The forthcoming Fundamental album contains a song, “Integral”, inspired by this issue. This seems like a good time to preview them:

Long live us
the persuaded we
integral
collectively
to the whole project
it’s brand new
conceived solely
to protect you

One world
One reason
Unchanging
One season

If you’ve done nothing wrong
you’ve got nothing to fear
If you’ve something to hide
you shouldn’t even be here
You’ve had your chance
now we’ve got the mandate
If you’ve changed your mind
I’m afraid it’s too late
We’re concerned
you’re a threat
You’re not integral
to the project

Everyone has
their own number
in the system that
we operate under
We’re moving to
a situation
where your lives are simply
information

One world
One life
One chance
One reason
All under
one sky
unchanging
one season

If you’ve done nothing wrong
you’ve got nothing to fear
If you’ve something to hide
you shouldn’t even be here
You’ve had your chance
now we’ve got the mandate
If you’ve changed your mind
I’m afraid it’s too late
We’re concerned
you’re a threat
You’re not integral
to the project

Words and music: Tennant/Lowe.
Copyright 2006 Cage Music Ltd/Sony ATV Music Ltd

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Online magazine The Quietus has just published a new interview with Neil and Chris as well as a piece about “West End girls” 40 years on. Links below. 


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