Last night I got to see Billy Bragg play at Nottingham’s Rock City. It took me back to when I used to go and see him about 25 years ago. Sadly, so many of his political protest songs have, if anything, got more relevant over the subsequent years.
As he said, music can’t change the world, but it can remind us that we are not alone in thinking some of the things that we think and feel. Standing in Rock City last night I felt a bit of solidarity with my fellow gig goers! Hopefully everyone else felt the same.
He sang lots of stuff about work and career, but I’ve decided to post one of his new songs which deals with the decline of political discourse in the internet age.
This contains the following lines…
The greatest threat faced by democracy isn’t fascism or fanaticism, but our own complacency.