Stepping Into Line



I didn’t want to,
Leave you behind,
But your clothes weren’t stepping,
Into line.
Too much self pity,
Not enough nitty gritty
And just when you were looking pretty
Pretty boring, pretty drab, out of date, colors bad,

You should know it stays the same.
No individuals things ever change.
But if it’s new, its in the past.
Everything goes by so fast.
Upstaged by the supporting cast.
don’t ask the girlfriend to throw it away,
It’ll be in fashion by next Friday,
Hoping our clothes have something say

Take it away!


The in vogue clock goes spinning round
Space age fashion lifts off the ground
Just accept the new faith
Try and look common place
Instead of looking out of place

But can’t you see I’m staying still, that rich little bastards made me Ill,
Ill, Ill!


Chris Foreman Music
Graham McPherson Words
John Hasler Words


“Stepping Into Line” is another tune from Mr Hasler‘s pen. “John wrote the first half of the words, and I wrote the other half,” says Suggs. Chris describes it as “my moment of glory, trying to keep it all together!” Well, it does race away with itself quite a bit, but that’s youthful enthusiasm for you.

Madness also manages to sneak in a crafty little key change right at the end of the song. Suggs reckons it’s in the same vein as “Nutty Theme” in that “Stepping Into Line” veers away from Two Tone. Still, it’s very heavy on the off-beat guitar, so they stayed within the reservation on this one.


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