From the recording For Fear of Forgetting

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About 10 years ago, as part of the band "The Third Space" I still play in with my best friend Joe Farthing, I wrote a song called "Fear of Others" (The-third-space – Fear-of-others). This was a part spoken-word, part sung parody of a right-wing bigot against a backdrop of reverb drenched guitar. And all in a 6/8 time signature too!

This new song "Identity Politics" is conceived as bit of a companion song to the above. Again, the song is sung from the perspective of a bigot. I particularly dislike conviction politics and how these have become very binary: you're either in or out (whatever happened to agreeing to disagree?) and the protagonist in the song is very much wanting to know which camp you're in.

I also dislike how people are reduced to labels and categories and how these categories appear to be so easily dismissed.

Lyrics

Identity Politics

What is your given
Nationality?
And what is your ethnicity?
Religion?
Are you Christian?
What is the status of your union?

You are a category
Defined by boundaries and labels
You are other
Other than me
You are the enemy

Identity politics
What side you’re on
Makes all the difference
Identity politics
What tribe you’re in
Are you one of us?

What is your sexual orientation? And…
What is your political persuasion?
Are you straight, gay or bi-curious?
Man, woman or gender fluid?

You are not welcome here
You and your kind need to stay clear
Not one of us
You cannot trust
This new and foreign stuff

Identity politics
Relationships
Make all the difference
Identity politics
What tribe you’re in
Are you one of us?

Politically
Are you right or left?
Geographically
East or west?
Patriotically
Royalist or snowflake?
Authentically
Real or deep fake?

Identity politics
What side you’re on
Makes all the difference
Identity politics
What tribe you’re in
Are you one of us?

You are a foreign body
You are other than me
You are a foreign body
You are other than me
You are a foreign body
You are other than me
You are a foreign body
You are other