Adrian Smith: Wasp, Electronics, Voice
Derek E. Smith: Drums
Paul Jolly: Sax and Wind Synth
Recorded at Vibrasound, Sheffield – 1988
Production: Click Click & Fisch
Sleeveart: Mick Lowe
A change of direction or a change of plan? Yakutska (written after reading The Long Walk, a true story set in Yakutsk, Siberia) is almost but not quite a commercial release. Augmented by the sax of jazz musician Paul Jolly the song moves along at a medium pace, never taxing the listener.
Included in the set for their final tour of Europe, Yakutska became a favorite of many. Change of Plan on the other hand harks back yet again to those relentless German beats.
I still see people
I see them chained and bound
I hear them shuffle their feet, they shuffle their feet, they…
the vapour’s clouding
on words inside their mouths
they are forbidden to speak by men in blue
I hear the shouting from behind the door
the bolts pulled shut
there is no news in Yakutska.
Step to the left, step to the right
attempt to escape
they’ll shot you down as sure as Sunday
there’s only one way
if you want to survive
do what you’re told, go where you’re put
come to an understanding.
Now they are not
they’re not just fighting time
they’re fighting for the right to
live as men and be as men and
there is no reason to be this way at all
it’s just the brainchild of the
men in blue
Change of Plan
Nothing in this house is mine
nothing here is bolted down
radio’s on but the sound is dim
television set don’t give no sound.
I’ve seen my face in pictures and I’ve
heard my voice on speakers
I’m a borrowed personality
my coat is always hanging at the bottom
of the landing
is this really all there is to me?
Begged for money
begged for food
borrowed all the clothes I wear
stolen for the drugs I use
stolen but I always share.