This is a sequel to the An Awesome Wave
," which told a semi-fictional story of vocalist Joe Newman being attacked in a Southampton park called The Common.
Newman sings here: Dead in the middle of the C-O-double-M-O-N
Little did I know then that the Mandela Boys
Soon become Mandela Men
The first line was inspired by a lyric from rapper Big Punisher's 1998 track "Twinz (Deep Cover '98)":Dead in the middle of Little Italy.
Little did we know that we riddle some middlemen who didn't do diddle
Newman explained to NME
: "There's a gang in Southampton (his hometown) called The Mandela Boys. We were scared s---less of them when we were kids."
"The next line, 'Little did I know then that the Mandela Boys soon become Mandela Men' refers to the narrator wondering whether they're still in the gang or if they've just all got jobs and kids now."