Re-treading songs

On the whole, I try not to tinker much with songs once they are written. They get changed gradually, as they get sung, but that happens over time. At some point, early on, there comes a point where I have to just leave it alone and stop messing about with it.

This song started out a few years ago as a reaction to the proposed UK ID cards, and the mantra that was doing the rounds was: If you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear. I stopped singing it after the ID card plans were dropped.    Then the ConDem government announced their surveillance proposals… so the song got a wee facelift, and a few changes.

Nothing To Hide
Steven Clark

Nobody here has nothing to fear
If you’ve done nothing wrong, we’ll get along
We’re on the same side, with nothing to hide

No law need be broken, (No)
treason need be spoken
If we don’t like the people that you know
And you don’t need a trial
Be our guest for a while
And maybe someday we will let you go.

Nobody here has nothing to fear
If you’ve done nothing wrong, we’ll get along
We’re on the same side, with nothing to hide

We’re only looking through
Just who you’re talking to
I don’t see why you’re making so much fuss
There’s nothing underhand, we just want to understand
If you are one of them or one of us

Nobody here has nothing to fear
If you’ve done nothing wrong, we’ll get along
We’re on the same side, with nothing to hide

If you are on the phone
You know you’re not alone
We know what you’re doing when you are online
We need every last detail
Of your electronic mail
So we can battle terrorism and crime

We’ve nowhere else to turn
Our bridges have been burned
We’re only doing this because we must
It’s a Holy War on Terror
There’s no room for error
It’s just as well we’re people that you trust!

Nobody here has nothing to fear
If you’ve done nothing wrong, we’ll get along
We’re on the same side, with nothing to hide

Please don’t get so upset
It hasn’t happened yet
There’s no need to be getting so irate
We just need these tools, cause you’re all complacent fools
And we won’t create a po-lice state (yet)

Nobody here has nothing to fear
If you’ve done nothing wrong, we’ll get along
We’re on the same side, we’ve nothing to hide
We’re on the same side, have you got something to hide?

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