Day Four:

What's the Time, John Ball?

Victoria says:

Just as William Morris dreamt of meeting John Ball ‘the hedge priest’, advisor and inspiration to Watt Tyler and his followers, on the eve of the People’s Revolt of 1381, this song is a dream of being there, being involved and at the same time, across the ages, hearing Peter Finch’s character Howard Beale in the Oscar winning 1976 classic ‘Network’ calling live on TV for everyone to go to their window and shout ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!’”

Lyrics

(with thanks to Howard Beale)

Won’t you march to London with me?

Won’t you march to London with me?

If it isn’t us it’ll be nobody

Move a little and you’ll feel your chains

Move a little and you’ll feel your chains

Take them off and throw them in the flames

It’s all about now

‘Now is the time!’

It’s all about now

‘Now is the time!’

It’s all about now

‘Now is the time!’

It’s all about now

‘Now is the time!’

As I heard by the hedge it’s time to go

As I heard by the hedge it’s time to go

Make a weapon and meet me on the road

It’s all about now

‘Now is the time!’

It’s all about now

‘Now is the time!’

It’s all about now

‘Now is the time!’

It’s all about now

‘Now is the time!’

I’m mad as hell, I won’t take it anymore