Food For Thought
by UB40

Album: Signing Off (1980)
Charted: 4
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  • Ivory Madonna dying in the dust,
    Waiting for the manna coming from the west.
    Barren is her bosom, empty as her eyes,
    Death a certain harvest scattered from the skies.

    Skin and bones is creeping, doesn't know he's dead.
    Ancient eyes are peeping, from his infant head.
    Politician's argue sharpening their knives.
    Drawing up their Bargains, trading baby lives.

    Ivory Madonna dying in the dust,
    Waiting for the manna coming from the west.

    Hear the bells are ringing, Christmas on it's way.
    Hear the angels singing, what is that they say?
    Eat and drink rejoicing, joy is here to stay.
    Jesus son of Mary is born again today.

    Ivory Madonna dying in the dust,
    Waiting for the manna coming from the west.
    Ivory Madonna dying in the dust,
    Waiting for the manna coming from the west. Writer/s: ALI CAMPBELL, BRIAN TRAVERS, EARL FALCONER, JIM BROWN, MICHAEL VIRTUE, NORMAN HASSAN, ROBIN CAMPBELL, TERRENCE OSWALD WILSON
    Publisher: Downtown Music Publishing, Royalty Network, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Peti from LhAlways knew it was Ivory Madonna but never payed attention to what it was about. My sister sent me the song this morning so I looked up the lyrics (I thought she was trying to tell me something) and understood it straight away. The song is perfectly perfect. Rings true to what is happening in the world to this day. I now have a deeper love for this song. A lot of interesting facts here especially about their name.
  • Brian Foley from Auckland, New ZealandGreat song, with meaning, very unique sound, unfortunately after their album 'signing off', which this song featured on, the band drifted off into doing covers of other artists.
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