This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Release date
14 Sep 1998
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Everlasting 4:05 121,986
2 If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next 4:49 217,642
3 You Stole the Sun from My Heart 4:22 149,234
4 Ready For Drowning 4:31 49,673
5 Tsunami 3:51 102,736
6 My Little Empire 4:09 50,948
7 I'm Not Working 5:51 38,213
8 You're Tender And You're Tired 4:37 42,167
9 Born A Girl 4:12 39,857
10 Be Natural 5:12 37,486
11 Black Dog On My Shoulder 4:48 37,241
12 Nobody Loved You 4:44 38,055
13 S.Y.M.M. 5:57 30,442

About this album

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours is the fifth album by Welsh band Manic Street Preachers. It was released in September 1998 on Epic Records, and in the United States the following year, on Virgin Records.

The title is a quotation taken from a speech given by Welsh British Labour Party politician Aneurin Bevan. Its working title was simply ‘Manic Street Preachers’.

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours was the first Manics album to feature lyrics solely by Nicky Wire, while all the music was written by the habitual duo of James Dean Bradfield and cousin Sean Moore. The album is a much more subdued affair compared to previous albums with many songs having a more acoustic feel.

At the same time it shows the band experimenting with studio and production possibilities, as shown in several tracks — “S.Y.M.M.”, “I’m Not Working” and “Born a Girl”. In the bridge of the track “Ready for Drowning” there is a sample of Richard Burton (as John Morlar from the 1978 film The Medusa Touch): “I will bring the whole edifice down on their unworthy heads”.

The cover photograph was taken on Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog. Hidden behind the disc’s tray is a quotation from the 1995 book, No Truce With The Furies by R. S. Thomas.

The album won Best British Album at the 1999 Brit Awards.

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  • buildabonfire

    Definitely overlong, but a good album nonetheless.

    20 May 2:25pm Reply
  • IL-91

    Not only is it the only album where I like almost every single track (sorry, S.Y.M.M. and, to some extent, Born A Girl), it's the only album where I actually LOVE almost everything

    18 Jan 2:36pm Reply

    Replace You Stole The Sun From My Heart and Tsunami with Prologue To History and Black Holes For The Young and you get a perfect album.

    10 Jan 9:52am Reply
  • themartialarts

    A big fat letdown

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DookieMestrebug

    Could've been shorter, maybe. Anyway, when it hits, it hits hard.

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • tcbp

    Nobody loved you... like meeeeee!!

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Rickki

    My favorite album in the world =)

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • fancyfootwork80

    this has aged beautifully [2]

    13 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Blessedheart

    Maybe not their best album, but the one I remember the most fondly. And it is flippin' great, to be honest.

    15 Jan 2014 Reply
  • IL-91

    This album is as close to being perfect as it can get. It is indeed a great treasure.

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • brunogramacho

    Excellent album. Probably my favorite.

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • lyle_catcliffe

    @UncommonBoy Slightly flawed statement, there.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
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    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    First album by MSP I ever heard. I loved it. I think it's my second favourite after THB

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    It's fantastic musically although the lyrics leave a little to be desired...

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • Stidiek

    uno de los mejores discos de todos los tiempos

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Jak-2-0-0-6

    remember hearing this a lot when i was about nine or ten. forgot what a great album it actually is.

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Stocktontova

    I adore this album.

    26 Aug 2011 Reply
  • UncommonBoy

    My favourite album by the ,,Fab Four" from Blackwood ;)

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • MourningMoon

    I violently love this album!

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
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