You've Never Had It So Good

Album: Stephen Ward the Musical soundtrack (2013)
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  • Running to 4 minutes 41 seconds on the original cast recording, this is the eighth number from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Stephen Ward. Like the rest of the score it has lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton.
  • This bawdy song is performed by the entire company, but the title has a more prosaic cultural reference. British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan is often misquoted "You never had it so good." In reality, on July 20, 1957 he said "most of our people have never had it so good."

    With the Profumo Affair, Macmillan didn't have it so good himself for much longer. On August 3, 1963, Stephen Ward committed suicide; Macmillan resigned as Prime Minister in October to be replaced by Alec Douglas-Home, and the next year the Conservative Government was swept from office by Labour under Harold Wilson.
  • In spite of the explicit nature of this song, the Swinging Sixties did not really begin until a couple of years later. Al Stewart has probably captured their ethos better than any other songwriter with the contemporaneous "Love Chronicles" and the much later "Gina In The Kings Road," but Lloyd Webber - who is around three years younger than Stewart - was also there, as was lyricist, the somewhat older and London-born Don Black, and considering the furor the Profumo Affair caused at the time, they can hardly be accused of perpetrating an anachronism. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3


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