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A short and bitter poem about failure and disillusionment is set to a deliberate and disjointed rhythm. There is no melody for the poem, it is spoken in a resigned and near hopeless manner against the musical tracks. Electric guitar part takes the voice of a gathering emotional or social paralysis as it fights to control the inevitable and uncontrollable.

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Blinkered, paralysed
Flat on my back

They say our world is built endeavor

Gang of Four - Paralysed Lyrics


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  • Loove it!
  • Love these guys!
  • Depressed funk is pretty accurate, like a demented, detached, lo-fi funk. It's so bleak, wihout any of wryness you got with Anthrax, but that riff is so fucking bad ass.
  • @mottly you'd think so, but their new album isn't a patch on this. Nothing has been since. Also, this isn't the original Solid Gold recording.
  • Need a lot more of this Band!!!
  • This is playing on the radio right now! God, the opening bars of that mean guitar. I was good at what I did, can't work out what I did wrong....
  • First concert of my life: 1981, Gang of Four at the Magic Mountain amphitheater. I can remember every song to this day. They totally grooved on this one. Most recent concert of my life: Gang of Four, Portland, OR Chrystal Ballroom
  • ... paralyzed ...
  • paradise...if you can earn it!
  • Almost makes more sense with King singing it now in his later years than it did with him as a young man trying to sound old, as has been mentioned.

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