Heartland
The The, Matt Johnson

Beneath the old iron bridges, across the Victorian parks
And all the frightened people running home before dark
Past the Saturday morning cinema

That lies crumbling to the ground
And the piss stinking shopping centre in the new side of town
I've come to smell the seasons change and watch the city
As the sun goes down again

Here comes another winter
Of long shadows and high hopes
Here comes another winter
Waitin' for utopia
Waitin' for hell to freeze over

This is the land where nothing changes
The land of red buses and blue blooded babies
This is the place where pensioners are raped
And the hearts are being cut from the welfare state

Let the poor drink the milk while the rich eat the honey
Let the bums count their blessings while they count the money

So many people can't express what's on their minds
Nobody knows them, nobody ever will
Until their backs are broken, their dreams are stolen
And they can't get what they want, then they're gonna get angry!
Well it ain't written in the papers but its written on the walls
The way this country is divided to fall
So the cranes are moving on the skyline
Trying to knock down this town
But the stains on the heartland can never be removed
from this country that's sick, sad and confused

Here comes another winter
Of long shadows and high hopes
Here comes another winter
Waitin' for utopia
Waitin' for hell to freeze over

The ammunition's being passed and the Lord's been praised
But the wars on the televisions will never be explained
All the bankers gettin' sweaty beneath their white collars
As the pound in our pocket turns into a dollar

This is the 51st state - of the U.S.A.
This is the 51st state - of the U.S.A.
This is the 51st state - of the U.S. of A.
This is the 51st state - of the U.S.A.

This is the 51st state - of the U.S.A.
This is the 51st state - of the U.S.A.
This is the 51st state - of the U.S.A.
This is the 51st state
State
State
State
State
State


Epic Records (1986)

From the "Infected" album;
Matt Johnson, lead.

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Up Close and Personal:

The The    (band)

Expressive!  The music is worth the wait!

The The is an "English musical and multimedia group that have been around since 1979 in various forms, with Matt Johnson being the only constant band member."

"Releases are fairly few and far between but over the years The The have sold several million albums internationally and achieved critical acclaim their 1983 album Soul Mining was voted the third best album of the year by British music magazine Melody Maker (the album featured the song "Uncertain Smile", which at one point was voted the fourth greatest song ever by Australian Triple J radio listeners)."

"During The The's more prolific period of releases, from Soul Mining (1983) to Dusk (1992), most artwork used on the albums and single releases was produced by Matt Johnson's brother Andrew Johnson. The artwork has a distinctive style, and sometimes courted controversy, most notably the initial release of the single "Infected" which was withdrawn from sale and re-issued with an edited version of the cover art."

"Recently, The The have enjoyed a small surge of attention in the United States thanks to an M&M's advertising campaign, which has been using the band's song "This is the Day" as its theme music."

Genre: multimedia, electronic, post punk, rock

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Matt Johnson    (15 Aug 1961)

Beautiful voice, conscientious lyrics, great music!

Matt Johnson is the lead and only constant member of the British multimedia band The The.

"Over the years he has proven himself a prolific songwriter on various subjects. On 1986's "Heartland (51st State of the USA)" he railed against the Americanisation of the UK. "Global Eyes" from 2000's Naked Self album continues the argument to a global level. His observations on human sexuality have also raised eyebrows."

"Johnson also argued forcefully for music videos to be considered an extension of the creative process, rather than just a marketing tool. His Infected movie was the first full length video album and picked up various international awards."

"Johnson left Britain in the early 1990s, and by 2006 was dividing his time between New York and Gothenburg, Sweden."

Genre: multimedia, electronic, post punk, rock

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