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"A Design for Life" was released by Manic Street Preachers in 1996 and was the first single release from the Everything Must Go album of May that same year.

The title was inspired by the Joy Division EP record "An Ideal for Living". The opening line 'Libraries gave us power' was inspired by the legend above the entrance to a public library in Newport, near the band's home town of Blackwood in Wales: 'Knowledge is Power', whilst the phrase 'then… read more

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Libraries gave us power
Then work came and made us free
What price now
For a shallow piece of dignity

Manic Street Preachers - A Design for Life Lyrics


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  • We don't talk about love we only wanna get drunk..
  • sziget!!!!
  • The song that kept this from UK #1 was Return of the Mack. Almost as bad as the fact Vienna suffered the same fate at the hands of Shaddap You Face
  • Libraries give us power...Very true!
  • Tune.
  • Classic timeless tune
  • timeless
  • We don't talk about love // we only wanna get drunk // and we are not allowed to spend // as we are told that this is the end
  • Awesome lyrics, always

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