Dire Straits — Industrial Disease
Album: Love Over Gold
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7.2

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Total ratings: 1142









Released: 1982
Length: 5:44
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Warning lights are flashing down at Quality Control
Somebody threw a spanner and they threw him in the hole
There's rumors in the loading bay and anger in the town
Somebody blew the whistle and the walls came down
There's a meeting in the boardroom they're trying to trace the smell
There's leaking in the washroom there's sneak in personnel
Somewhere in the corridors someone was heard to sneeze
'Goodness me could this be Industrial Disease?'

The caretaker was crucified for sleeping at his post
They're refusing to be pacified it's him they blame the most
The watchdog's got rabies the foreman's got the fleas
And everyone's concerned about Industrial Disease
There's panic on the switchboard tongues are tied in knots
Some come out in sympathy some come out in spots
Some blame the management some the employees
And everybody knows it's the Industrial Disease

The work force is disgusted downs tools and walks
Innocence is injured experience just talks
Everyone seeks damages and everyone agrees
That these are 'classic symptoms of a monetary squeeze'
On ITV and BBC they talk about the curse
Philosophy is useless; theology is worse
History boils over there's an economics freeze
Sociologists invent words that mean 'Industrial Disease'

Doctor Parkinson declared 'I'm not surprised to see you here
You've got smokers cough from smoking brewer's droop from drinking beer
I don't know how you came to get the Bette Davis knees
But worst of all young man you've got Industrial Disease'
He wrote me a prescription he said 'you are depressed
But I'm glad you came to see me to get this off your chest
Come back and see me later - next patient please
Send in another victim of Industrial Disease'

I go down to Speaker's Corner I'm thunderstruck
They got free speech, tourists, police in trucks
Two men say they're Jesus, one of them must be wrong
There's a protest singer singing a protest song - he says
'They wanna have a war to keep their factories
They wanna have a war to keep us on our knees
They wanna have a war to stop us buying Japanese
They wanna have a war to stop Industrial Disease

They're pointing out the enemy to keep you deaf and blind
They wanna sap your energy incarcerate your mind
They give you Rule Brittania, gassy beer, page three
Two weeks in Espana and Sunday striptease'
Meanwhile the first Jesus says 'I'll cure it soon
Abolish Monday mornings and Friday afternoons'
The other one's out on hunger striker he's dying by degrees
How come Jesus gets Industrial Disease?
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Best Dire Straits album EVER
To me 8 -Most Excellent
 Alastair wrote:

Jeez, what's with the dancing bananas?  Animated GIFs were probably never a good idea but FFS this is 2017.  

 
You must be a new comer to this board.  Just be thankful that the vomit gif seems to have been retired.
 gregskrtic wrote:
Best song on this great album!

{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana_2} 

 
Jeez, what's with the dancing bananas?  Animated GIFs were probably never a good idea but FFS this is 2017.  
 gregskrtic wrote:
Best song on this great album!

{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana_2} 

 
I would vote for Telegraph Road.
Best song on this great album!

{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana_2} 
 Chinto wrote:
1st album on CD

 
I worked in a record store back then, and the owner had one of the first CD players, which I think he bought for around $1,000.00.

I remember this being one of his first discs:

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 Elroweho wrote:
After listening to this song several times I had to find out what the line"you got brewers droop from drinking too much beer" meant. My first thought was it was the UK's version of declaring a beer belly. Boy was I wrong! It is actually a slang for a guy not able to - well -"perform" since he drank too much alcohol! Man I get a kick out of UK/Aussie slang!

 
like
 
1st album on CD
I've known this song for decades. Never really listened to the lyrics until Bill played it. Brilliant! Thanks RP!
                   Might be a tad late, If  realization comes at 'How come Jesus gets Industrial Disease'?
Only think I am complaining is kids sitting on Doctor Parkinson couch,  and wait  for their turn to be psychoanalized for industrial disease.
                                                                          I never seen a sicko kid.
A 7.1 score. Rats. This song floats high in the stratosphere for satire, imagery, knife-sharp comment and plain ingenious fun. Get with the program. 
One of my fav D.S. songs
Lyrics below are slightly incorrect: 

"they wanna have a war to keep us on our knees
They wanna have a war to keep their factories
They wanna have a war to stop the spying Japanese
They wanna have a war to stop industrial disease
Corrected: 

They wanna have a war to keep their factories
They wanna have a war to keep us on our knees
They wanna have a war to stop us buying Japanese
They wanna have a war to stop industrial disease 
 coloradojohn wrote:
I echo the craving to hear Telegraph Road from this record; Superb Stuff, yeah!  I love the way he used the effect but RESTRAINED it.

 
yes to hearing it here
I echo the craving to hear Telegraph Road from this record; Superb Stuff, yeah!  I love the way he used the effect but RESTRAINED it.
 Gregorama wrote:

Give it 20 years. :)
 
Oops-hadn't read the earlier post.  I thought it was beer belly, too.  D'oh!
 Elroweho wrote:
Happy to say I drink beer but do not have "Brewers Droop"! {#Kiss}

 
Give it 20 years. :)
It would be splendid indeed to hear Telegraph Road, its cousin song from the same album. A one of a kind epic.  
Happy to say I drink beer but do not have "Brewers Droop"! {#Kiss}