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At a Later Date

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Track history
Recorded on July 18th 1977 at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham
Originally intended as a demo, but eventually released on Warsaw
Live performance on October 2nd 1977 released on the Short Circuit compilation

Lyrics
Why must we be put down when we try to get away?
Why must we all grow up when we could just play and play?
Good things in life are free - can't buy everything, that's true
Only one thing wrong with that - what it don't buy I don't use

Only thing I'm thinking of is "Why are we all here?"
There must be more to do at nights than drinking rotten beer
The world's a very shady place, and you can't trust a soul
"Grin and bear it" seemed the thing, when it just gets a hold
At a later date - it might come out a fright
At a later date - I hope that you're alright

Human beings are dangerous and they call me in the dark
But everything gets twice as cold in marching for a lark
There's loads of things I'd like to do if I could find the time
Working really tires me and I think I'll turn to crime
At a later date - I hope they start it soon
At a later date - before we hit the moon

I just can't be bothered to make an effort here at all
People make you feel your contributions are too small
I just can't be bothered to make an effort here at all
People make you feel your contributions are too small
At a later date - I'll be awful great
At a later date - someone somewhere blew it
At a later date - at a later date

Other information
The original Warsaw demo session included Steve Brotherdale on drums
Cover version by:Released on:
Peter Hook
  and The Light
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)

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