This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

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This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
Studio album by Manic Street Preachers



Label (s) Virgin Records

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running time

63 min 17 s



Dave Eringa

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Everything Must Go
This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours Know Your Enemy

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours is the fifth studio album by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers . It was released on August 25, 1998.


The album , which was released on Virgin Records on August 25, 1998 , is still the band's most commercially successful, including number one in the British album charts . It won the 1999 Brit Award for Best Album .

The album was the first in the band's history that was recorded completely without the participation of Richey James Edwards . Until Lifeblood , released in 2004, it was also the least rocking and most soul and musical pathos- influenced release of the band, which increasingly relies on catchy melodies, careful arrangements and broad soundscapes. Against the rather calm musical background, James Dean Bradfield's voice comes to the fore like on no other album.

The album title is a quote from the hugely popular former Welsh Labor MP Aneurin Bevan .


UK 1 · D 27 · A 20 · CH 47

Track list

  1. The Everlasting
  2. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
  3. You Stole The Sun From My Heart
  4. Ready for drowning
  5. Tsunami
  6. My Little Empire
  7. I'm not working
  8. You're Tender And You're Tired
  9. Born a girl
  10. Be Natural
  11. Black Dog On My Shoulder
  12. Nobody Loved You
  13. SYMM

Information about the songs

The Everlasting Released
as a single on November 30, 1998.
The title is taken from a poem by the Welsh poet Patrick Jones . The song was also used in the film What to do when it burns? used.

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
Released as a single on August 24, 1998.
The most successful single If you tolerate this your children will be next primarily deals with the international volunteers in the Spanish Civil War and contrasts their engagement with the widespread political apathy in the 1990s.
The original line “If I can shoot rabbits, I can shoot fascists, too” comes from a Welsh farmer who joined the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War . In the video for the song you can hear a short sample of the international , played by a music box. The video closes with the words “Great artists have no country”.

You Stole The Sun From My Heart
Released as a single on March 8, 1999.
The line “No real truce with my fury” comes from the poem reflections by the Welsh poet Ronald Stuart Thomas .

Ready For Drowning deals with the problems of Welsh culture in an English dominated society. The title alludes to the Welsh village of Treweryn , which sank in 1965 in a dam that supplied the English cities of Liverpool and Birmingham with water. On the other hand there is alcoholism in which depressed and unidentified people often take refuge. It is probably also a nod to RS Thomas' poem reservoirs , which deals with the subject in a very similar manner. The song contains a sample by the Welsh actor Richard Burton from the film The Horror of Medusa (1978): "I will bring the whole edifice down on their unworthy heads"

Released as a single on July 5, 1999.
The song deals with the twins June and Jennifer Gibbons , who decided in their youth not to talk any more, led a correspondingly difficult and withdrawn life and their communication with the outside world mainly with the help of Sustaining poems. He also alludes to the situation between copywriters Nicky Wire and Richey James, who were artistically and personally considered inseparable twins, and after James' disappearance
struck Wire like a tsunami , Wire had to learn to work alone again, as June started again to talk after Jennifer died.

Born A Girl deals with the gender identity problems of the writer Nicky Wire ("Yes I wish I had been born a girl / And not this mess of a man").

Black Dog On My Shoulder is a song about depression . The title comes from Winston Churchill , who described his depression in his diary as a black dog sitting on his shoulder. The line “Like Carlito's Way there are no exit signs” alludes to the film Carlito's Way , in which a former gangster wants to start a bourgeois life, but is caught unmatched by his past. There is no way out for him in the film.

SYMM (South Yorkshire Mass Murderer) attacks the inability of the police, the tragedy in Hillsborough Stadium from Sheffield led. In a football match between Liverpool FC and Nottingham Forest in 1989, 96 people died, likely because the police were unable to control the crowd and panic broke out. However, none of the police officers on duty has ever been charged or convicted. Jimmy McGovern , also mentioned in the song , shot a documentary on the subject in 1996.


Four singles were released from the album, all of which reached the top 20 of the British charts.

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

UK 1 D 79

CD 1

  1. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
  2. Prologue To History
  3. Montana / Autumn / 78

CD 2

  1. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
  2. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next ( Massive Attack Remix)
  3. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next ( David Holmes Remix)

The Everlasting

UK 11 D 88

CD 1

  1. The Everlasting
  2. Black Holes For The Young
  3. Valley Boy

CD 2

  1. The Everlasting
  2. The Everlasting (Deadly Avengers Remix)
  3. The Everlasting (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix)

You Stole The Sun From My Heart

UK 5

CD 1

  1. You Stole The Sun From My Heart
  2. Socialist serenade
  3. Train In Vain (Live)

CD 2

  1. You Stole The Sun From My Heart
  2. You Stole The Sun From My Heart ( David Holmes Remix)
  3. You Stole The Sun From My Heart ( Mogwai Remix)


UK 11

CD 1

  1. Tsunami
  2. Buildings For Dead People
  3. A Design For Life (Video)

CD 2

  1. Tsunami
  2. Tsunami ( Cornelius Version)
  3. Tsunami (Electron Ray Tube Mix by Stereolab )

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