Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love (1989)

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The song is a pastiche of The Beatles and was produced in a style reminiscent of their late 1960s output. It was written in June 1987, during the week of the UK General Election in which Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party won a third consecutive term in office. The election prompted Roland Orzabal, who comes from a working-class background, to take an interest in politics and socialism. At the time of its release, he considered this to be the most overtly political song that Tears For Fears had ever recorded. The lyrics refer to Thatcher’s election win (“Politician granny with your high ideals, have you no idea how the majority feels?”), and also make a reference to musician Paul Weller who had risen to fame in the 1970s as a left-wing political songwriter with his band The Jam before seemingly forsaking these ideals in the 1980s to make less political music with The Style Council (“Kick out the Style, bring back the Jam!”). The song’s title was inspired by a radio programme that Orzabal had heard at the time about a man who was putting together a collection of traditional English folk songs. One of the more obscure songs was called “The Seeds of Love” which he had learned about from a gardener called Mr. England (reflected in the lyric “Mr England sowing the seeds of love”).

[Dedicated to Christina Bengtsson and Valdemar Alfred]

High time we made a stand
And shook up the views of the common man
The love train rides from coast to coast
D.J.’s the man we love the most

Could you be, could you be squeaky clean?
And smash any hope of democracy ?
As the headline says you’re free to choose
There’s egg on your face and mud on your shoes
One of these days they’re gonna call it the blues
Yeah yeah

Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love
And anything is possible when you’re sowing the seeds of love
Anything is possible
Sowing the seeds of love

I spy tears in their eyes
They look to the skies
For some kind of divine intervention
Food goes to waste
So nice to eat, so nice to taste
Politician grannie with your high ideals

Have you no idea how the majority feels ?
So by far a promise land
We’re fools to the rules of a government plan
Kick out the style! bring back the jam

Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love, seeds of love

Sowing the seeds
The birds and the bees
My girlfriend and me in love

Feel the pain
Talk about it
If you’re a worried man then shout about it
Open hearts, feel about it
Open minds, think about it

Everyone, read about it
Everyone, scream about it
Everyone
Everyone,yeah,yeah
Everyone, read about it, read about it
Read in the books in the crannies
And the nooks there are books to read

Sowing the seeds of love, we’re sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love, sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds

Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes

Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes

Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes

High time we made a stand
And shook up the views of the common man
And the love train rides from coast to coast
Every minute and every hour
I love a sunflower

And I believe
In love power
Love power
Love power

Sowing the seeds of love, the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love, the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds of love, the seeds of love

Sowing the seeds
An end to need
The politics of greed

Sowing the seeds of love, the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love, the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love, the seeds of love

Sowing the seeds
An end to need
The politics of greed

Sowing the seeds of love, the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love, the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love, the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds

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