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The Happy Family -
"The Mistake"

[ from the album "The Man On Your Street" (1982) ]

Lyrics

Young people today
We struggle to pay our way
Young people today
Can't stop to hear the voice that says
Your lust for money's wrong, it's
Filled your veins with economics
And now your body pumps bad blood
I'd pass a lifetime telling
How bland this sense can get
But you're not mad enough just yet

I planned to save my time for good
But once when I was reaching for my wallet
I drew my heart out from an inside pocket
And spent my life before I'd understood

You found out today
Those steps were to a drum called hate
We're learning today
New ways that we can pull our weight
We sense our strengths and powers
Slip from us with the passing hours
And still the clock ticks on the wall
I'd pass a lifetime telling
How pulses cheat the years
But in this square-dance would you hear?

I planned to save my time for good
But once when I was reaching for my wallet
I drew my heart out from an inside pocket
And spent my life before I'd understood

And spent my life before I'd understood

We're speeding today
In vehicles built for cut and thrust
A long winding way
Down streets they've renamed Love and Trust
But their words in our ears
Can't shake the truth we share
It's made us older than our years
I'd pass a lifetime telling
How landscape's built on lies
If only you'd believe my eyes

I planned to save my time for good
But once when I was reaching for my wallet
I drew my heart out from an inside pocket
And spent my life before I'd understood

Together today our bodies share an earthly use
It's touching you say
We've only being alone to lose
Then in each other's arms we
Make time that takes us out of harm's way
That's how our blood spins round 'til day
We'll pass our night-time telling
The gaps they've yet to fill
We've got our hearts and time to kill

It's time to save our time for good!
It's time to show we've understood!

On this day
  (Young people today our love is the death)
We come of age
  (The death of the mistake!)
And from this day
  (Young people today our love is the death)
We take our lives
  (The death of the mistake!)
In our own hands
  (Young people today our love is the death)
    (It's time to save our time for good!)
In our own time
  (The death of the mistake!)
Together we
  (Young people today our love is the death)
    (It's time to show we've understood!)
Can build a home from hope
  (The death of the mistake!)