When people think of the band MADNESS they normally associate them with quirky upbeat songs with fun and witty lyrics, songs like “House Of Fun” and “Baggy Trousers” for example. But they have a darker side to their music and one song in particular has really always made me stop and think about life.
“Mistakes” was written by former band member John Hasler and was the B-Side to the bands second single “One Step Beyond” and was released on October 26th 1979.
I myself have felt the same way John must have been when he wrote this beautiful dark piece of poetry as i think most men at some stage of their life have.
MISTAKES BY MADNESS
It’s not so easy to find out later
About the necessary knowledge for survival,
You think you know enough to get you through life
But find out too late of chances passed by.
An early start is not so important
But timing is most essential,
Opportunity gone is gone forever
You’ll never know how much you could have been.
And once gone, gone forever
as You will find out to your cost
A better use can be made of your time
But don’t think that life is easy
You may never get a lucky break
They’ll put you down, cold and unknown
A total failure from womb to grave