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Margaret Thatcher dead: Songs inspired by the longest serving British Prime Minister

By AlexColman  |  Posted: April 08, 2013

Margaret Thatcher being attacked by a woman wielding a bunch of flowers in 1992

Margaret Thatcher being attacked by a woman wielding a bunch of flowers in 1992

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Throughout the 80s many left wing musicians turned their sense of outrage as Mrs Thatcher’s policies into the inspiration for songs.

Some of the main protagonists were The Jam, The Beat, Billy Bragg, UB40, Morrissey and Pink Floyd.

Some of the best-known anti-Thatcher songs are :

Town Called Malice - The Jam (1982)

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Stand Down Margaret - The Beat (1980)

Waiting for the Great Leap Forward _ Billy Bragg (1988)

Two Million Voices (reference to the number of unemployed) – Angelic Upstarts (1981)

One in Ten (as above) - UB40 (1981)

Goose Green (Taking Tea with Pinochet) - Christy Moore

Margaret on the Guillotine – Morrissey

Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert _ Pink Floyd

Sowing the Seeds of Love – Tears for Fears (1989)

Wonderland – Simply Red (1991)

Perhaps the most vehement expression of Thatcher hatred came from Elvis Costello. In Tramp The Dirt Down, he sang : “That’s when they finally put you in the ground/ I’ll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down.”

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