I Wish The Guardian Believed That I Exist

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I don't believe that aliens have ever come to earth and are buried in the desert by the feds
I know that there is no tooth fairy flying around at night, just loving parents putting money in those beds
and as for homoeopathy well it's not my cup of tea but on your right to believe I will insist because who's to say what's really real still I can't help but feel I wish the Guardian believed that I exist

There's no such thing as a protest singer
we don't have none of those
no there's no such thing as a protest singer we lost them when the mines all closed

I know you miss the good old days of picket lines and flags
When the Specials and the Jam all ruled the charts
but if you're really looking for this generation's Billy Bragg's
We are all here with a fire in our hearts
But we're not on the radio because they don't want to know and by this point it's really pretty clear that the mainstream music press they just couldn't care less but it's the Guardian that keeps shouting we're not here

I know you like to think that no one does it like you did and in 1989 the needle just got stuck but just because the system is changed it doesn't mean you've got the monopoly on giving a fuck
Because we all unemployed that housing market you've enjoyed is suspended by the renting of the youth
We've had our wages squeezed, fifty grand tuition fees so let me let you in on the unspoken truth:
That there's no such thing as a protest singer, no it's a made up thing
There's no such thing as a protest singer because there's politics in everything we sing

Oh there's no such thing as a protest singer against austerity
No there's no such thing as a protest singer cos I can't find them in the NME

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from There's No Such Thing As a Protest Singer, released December 9, 2016
Grace Petrie - guitar and vocals
Written by Grace Petrie

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