15 Minutes
EVERYBODY IS SO OUTSPOKEN THESE DAYS WITH SO MUCH OF NOTHING TO SAY
IT DOESN'T MATTER, YOU CAN TALK ABOUT LIFE OR DEATH
THEY'LL TELL YOU ABOUT THEIR DAY THE SECOND YOU PAUSE FOR BREATH

YOU'VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE, IT'S ALWAYS THE SAME
EVERY LITTLE COMPLAINT AND EVERY DETAIL MUNDANE
THE TELEVISION'S ON NOW AND IT ALL GOES QUIET
BUT REALITY HITS, IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND

THE STAGE IS SET, THE LIGHTS ARE DIMMED
AS THE CROWD GOES WILD FOR THE KARAOKE KING
A PRETTY POSE AND A MUSCLE FLEX
WITH THAT SO-CALLED FACTOR OF 'X'

SO IT COMES DOWN TO THIS-WE ALL WANT TO BE HEARD
WE'LL PLAY THE GAME, EVERYTHING WE'VE LEARNED
WE'LL PLAY IT SAFE, WE'LL KEEP IT TAME
FOR OUR FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME

IN A DARK CORNER HIDDEN, OUT OF REACH
IS THE DREAM OF EVERYTHING THAT WE COULD HAVE BEEN
BUT THERE'S NO POINT NOW WAITING FOR SOME IDEALISTIC REBIRTH
THE TALENTLESS HAVE INHERITED THE EARTH

IT'S REFLECTED IN EVERY PERSONALISED NUMBERPLATE AND EVERY FACEBOOK PAGE
EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE KNOWN FOR SOMETHING
'COS BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (OR SO THEY SAY)
BUT THERE'S NO NOTORIETY HERE, JUST THE MASSAGING OF FRAGILE EGOS
IN THIS WATERED-DOWN VERSION OF FAME

AND EVERY TOWN AND CITY KEEPS UP THIS CHARADE
WITH THE ENDLESS LOCAL BAND POP-PUNK IDENTIKIT PARADE
WHO INSIST ON SINGING "INDIVIDUALITY'S F@CKING GONE"
BUT IT'S BECAUSE OF THEM THAT I WROTE THIS F@CKING SONG
Lyrics for 15 Minutes by Mark Ayling
Copyright Mark Ayling 2018
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