The Seeds Of Love
1989 | Pop
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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.
- Hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it was blocked out by Janet Jackson’s Miss You Much.
- The song is widely considered as a Beatles pastiche and is reminiscent of their late 60s output.
- The song lyrically references Margaret Thatcher (politician granny) & The conservative party‘s third consecutive win in office.
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This is the first time I'm hearing this particular Tears for Fears song! I adore the call to action at the very start: "High time we made a stand, and shook up the views of the common man." However, there are other parts that seem to be an appeal to the sanctity of democracy. That's a little bit cringey--reminds me of the Star Wars prequels! Democracy as an end in itself is a popular, but utterly terrifying, ideal. As a younger man, I fell into this trap. But properly understood? I want to stay far, far away from that stuff. Back to the song: Sowing the seeds of love is a wonderful, beautiful, idea. I just get a little on-edge when people start talking that way, beacuse 99% of the time that means they are aligned far to the left and want to impose their system on the world.
My Tears For Fears greatest hits CDs is on of my go to’s when I want to sing along and just feel good. In my mind, this song is such a great call to the kind of activist I want to be. One who fights the system, but recognizes that the fight is not only against tyranny, oppression, force, and unjustified violence, but it’s for all the things I love. Freedom, self-ownership, voluntary interactions, and community, these are the ideals of true compassion and love to our fellow men. I love the lyrics “time to eat all your words, swallow your pride, open your eyes.” It reminds me of my transformation to a Voluntaryist. In order to open my eyes to the truth about The State, I had to swallow my pride and eat the words of violence that I used to say with tremendous patriotic zeal in my heart. It’s not easy to admit that you don’t live up to the principles you thought you did. Now with that different perspective though, comes a different set of issues. Sometimes I feel so frustrated at being misunderstood, marginalized, and hated by so many. It’s the instances, though when someone says to me, “ you changed my mind about this,” or “you helped me see that,” or one of my favorites, “I thought you were crazy at first, but…” make it all so worth it. It reminds me that I am making a difference, and helping to change hearts and minds to a more peaceful and prosperous way of thinking, and sowing seeds of real love.
I love this song and understand that it was written as collectivist tripe by Orzabal, but it should also be obvious from the past 20+ years that all the caving into socialist propaganda has done us no good either. It’s almost as if trying to please everyone in a society isn’t possible, especially when they have no understanding of economics. You’d think the egg on their face would be not aquiescing to the individuals with the knowledge to run their own lives. The real evil in people who think like this is that they believe they have the market cornered on love and compassion for their fellow men. Ive never met anyone who didnt brliebe they had the moral high ground. I suppose Im an anarchist because i dont care if people want to form communes, my true issie is thst they deny me my freedom in their world. To modern liberals, compromise is evettone else perpetually giving in to them.