The Sarcasm Never Stops

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This was the first song I actually wrote with the Big Red Spark album in mind, At the time, we had intended that the track open the album (which is the reason why we nearly always stuck this song as the first song in our set). However both our producer Mike Varty and our guitarist Jim suggested that we should open with The Big Red Spark Suite itself. I’m glad they did because it was a bloody good idea.

As for the song itself, I was trying to do something that Genesis, Prince and Blur are brilliant at doing i.e. starting the song on the offbeat so that the drums don’t start in the place you expect them to. It was also deliberately written without a chorus which was a bit of a piss take of so much prog out there at the moment but it worked much better than I expected. Who’s laughing now monkey boy?


One of the few Tinyfish songs I actually titled. Although the song didn’t exist when I titled it, but still... This is basically a dose of preaching to the converted about actually getting up and doing stuff. The people who really need to hear the message will probably never hear the song. Besides, as Ben Elton put it: “If you try and make people think, the only thing they're gonna think is what a patronising bastard you are!” So the sarcasm never stops throughout the whole song.


Two liars lying on top of the skin
Both justifying the state that they’re in
The story’s over
before it even starts

You don’t let anyone dictate to you
But you don’t think of the things that you do
The secret masters
That live inside your heart

The map you’re drawing is way out of date
The life you’re living is writing your fate
The message given, s’pos’d to wake you up

And if the vision is not what it seems
Even the idiot has idiot dreams
You caught me laughing
Or was it throwing up?

So as a snowflake you think that it’s harsh
Just quit your whining and get off your arse
The moment’s coming,
And then the moment’s gone

Your comfort follows the pint that’s been poured
Until you break things and say that you're bored
Just like the Romans
Gone like the Roman gods

Like them –
You’re gone!

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