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January 18, 2013

The Majority - One Third (1966)

Formed in Hull, England in 1964, this English band was originally known as The Mustangs. Emulating the sounds of the British Invasion, the group moved to London in 1965 and renamed themselves to that which is seen above. They were able to get their hands on material written by The KinksRay Davies and material written by members of The Bee Gees that neither group wanted to record themselves. Combined with the famous names who wrote some of their songs, the band also released some songs of their own. In total, they released eight singles for Decca, each one sounding stylistically different than the last. Unfortunately, none of them managed to make a dent on any local charts. With their lineup shifting constantly and being resorted to pop-star Barry Ryan’s backing group, the band decided they needed a dramatic change. In 1968, the band renamed itself The Majority One and eventually got their small hit with the 1971 song “Because I Love.”

This song, written by the group’s lead singer Barry Graham, was one of the many failed singles released by the band. Although it seems to have been inspired by The Zombies, it didn’t quite have what it took to break into the local scene. Years later, the song found its largest reaches of success when it was released on the ‘60s compilation album Nuggets, Vol. 2.

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The Majority - One Third (1966)

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Lyrics:

(One third of your life)

(Spend one third) Spend one third
(Spend one third) Of your life in bed
(Spend one third) Why don’t you work?
(Spend one third) You might as well be dead
(Spend one third) “Life’s a drag”
(Spend one third) That is what you said
(Spend one third) You’d rather sleep
(Spend one third) Instead of earning bread

You said your life was easy living
That you just take and don’t do any giving
Giving, giving, giving, giving giving
Giving, giving, giving, giving giving

(One third of your life)

You said your life was easy living
That you just take and don’t do any giving
Giving, giving, giving, giving giving
Giving, giving, giving, giving giving

(One third of your life)

(Spend one third) Spend one third
(Spend one third) Don’t you know it’s a bed?
(Spend one third) Get out of bed
(Spend one third) No one lives in their bed
(Spend one third) No one lives in their bed...

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the lyrics.

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    1. Absolutely. Apologies for not being able to get those last two lines. They're difficult to understand. Any idea what they might be?

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