When The Time Comes...

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When The Time Comes...

Post by MarkyJacobs » 25 Jan 2019, 2:53am

What do we think this song is about?

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Re: When The Time Comes...

Post by oliver » 25 Jan 2019, 5:59pm

I think it's about 6 or 7 minutes :) Woof!

Great question - I hope someone has some insight.
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Re: When The Time Comes...

Post by MarkyJacobs » 26 Jan 2019, 4:30am

And another thing...

Is the lyric when the vocoder first comes in really "sweet soul sister meets John from Leicester", as widely reported on the internet? :huh:

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Re: When The Time Comes...

Post by oliver » 26 Jan 2019, 8:03pm

MarkyJacobs wrote:
26 Jan 2019, 4:30am
And another thing...

Is the lyric when the vocoder first comes in really "sweet soul sister meets John from Leicester", as widely reported on the internet? :huh:
I don't think it's "John from Leicester" no idea what it would be though

Pretty sure this bit is wrong too:
Call out the hitmen
Mercy make him stop and realize

Sounds like:
Call out the hitmen mercenaries don't they realise

Then again, I listened to a walkman for years with the volume way to high for years and years and now have cloth ears.
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Re: When The Time Comes...

Post by MarkyJacobs » 26 Jan 2019, 11:23pm

'John from Leicester' would spoil the otherwordly feel for me.

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Post by TeddyB Not Logged In » 27 Jan 2019, 12:35am

oliver wrote:
26 Jan 2019, 8:03pm
MarkyJacobs wrote:
26 Jan 2019, 4:30am
And another thing...

Is the lyric when the vocoder first comes in really "sweet soul sister meets John from Leicester", as widely reported on the internet? :huh:
I don't think it's "John from Leicester" no idea what it would be though

Pretty sure this bit is wrong too:
Call out the hitmen
Mercy make him stop and realize

Sounds like:
Call out the hitmen mercenaries don't they realise

Then again, I listened to a walkman for years with the volume way to high for years and years and now have cloth ears.
No, you are right, Oliver. The song itself is about gentrification and the clampdown. Whenever the powers that be decide, they can and will “terrorize.” Like the British army weighing fifteen hundred tons.

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Re: When The Time Comes...

Post by MarkyJacobs » 27 Jan 2019, 5:17am

Thanks, Teddy. It's obvious now I know. I feel a bit stupid for asking.

So 'John from Leicester' would work. But it's not, is it?

(Perhaps I'm just not especially fond of Leicester.)

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Re: When The Time Comes...

Post by MarkyJacobs » 27 Jan 2019, 5:28pm

Bicester would work better than Leicester. Just saying.
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Re: When The Time Comes...

Post by Chairman Ralph » 28 Jan 2019, 10:40am

No, you are right, Oliver. The song itself is about gentrification and the clampdown. Whenever the powers that be decide, they can and will “terrorize.” Like the British army weighing fifteen hundred tons.
That's what I got out of it, via, "And the man who wants to stand for his piece of land/Is pushed aside/'Cause he don't quite fit/Tryin' to make him quit," which is one of the other lyrics that stood out for me. I always liked the extended coda, too, which reinforces the slow burn mood of this song quite well. Would have made a cracking addition to the live set at the time -- ah, well.

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Re: When The Time Comes...

Post by MarkyJacobs » 28 Jan 2019, 11:44am

They did play it sometimes. I heard them play it in Sheffield in '91. It seems, from Esmark's resource, that they played it on one of the nights at the T & C that year too. I must have gone on the other night, as I distinctly only remember them playing it once.

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