Lyrics: The Great Depression, by the Jam

The Great Depression is another wonderful Paul Weller song written whilst he was in the Jam, with Bass Player Bruce Foxton, & Drummer Rick Butler. This song is on the super album called Extras which has loads of demos of many songs written by Paul before they were recorded in the studio. This CD is well worth its weight in gold.

Lyrics to The Great Depression :

I think we must have all gone mad
Maybe right turned over
They promise us the earth
Instead we’ve got the great depression
Now you’re free and easy with the base
You blame your brothers and sisters
And neurotics say “sod the rest”
It’s the new dissention

Into the abyss
By pushing forwards
It’s always down
It’s a desperate war
You’re trying to blow yourselves up
You don’t care who you stand… with the help about
Hey hey

well that’s not the way
No sense or reason in your fussing and fighting
And your violent obsession
Who’s ever really left feeling fine
After the great depression?
No sense of purpose in the competion
Keeping up with the Jones’s
You buy a house,
You buy a car
You buy a marriage and a bed of roses

Into the abyss
By pushing forwards
It’s always down
It’s a desperate war
You’re trying to blow yourselves up
You don’t care who you stand … with the help about

Hey hey

well that’s not the way

I think we must have all gone mad
Maybe right turned over
They promise us the earth
Instead we’ve got the great depression
Now you’re free and easy with the base
You blame your brothers and sisters
And neurotics say “sod the rest”
It’s the new dissention

Into the abyss
By pushing forwards
It’s always down
It’s a desperate war
You’re trying to blow yourselves up
You don’t care who you stand… with the help about
Hey hey

well that’s not the way
No sense or reason in your fussing and fighting
And your violent obsession
Who’s ever really left feeling fine
After the great depression?
No sense of purpose in the competion
Keeping up with the Jones’s
You buy a house,
You buy a car
You buy a marriage and a bed of roses

Into the abyss
By pushing forwards
It’s always down
It’s a desperate war
You’re trying to blow yourselves up
You don’t care who you stand … with the help about

Hey hey

well that’s not the way