Idealistic? Yes. Hyper-produced? Yes. Progressive? Yes. Still relevant?


Behind that shiny 80s production lies some real substance. Technically, it came out in 1983, but let’s pretend it was 1984. Here are some lyrics:

Justice to the left of you
Justice to the right
Speak when you are spoken to
Don’t pretend you’re right
This life’s not for living
It’s for fighting and for war
No matter what the truth is
Hold on to what is yours

Jigsaw puzzle traitors
Set to spill the beans
Constitution screw up
Shattering the dreams
Blood flows in the desert
Dark citadels burning too
Watch! Look over your shoulder
This one is strictly for you

Hold on – Hold on
Wait maybe the answer’s
Looking for you

Hold on – Hold on
Wait! Take your time
Think it through
Yes! I can make it through

Hold on – Hold on
Sunshine shine on through
Hold on – Hold on
Sunshine shine on you

I still have the vinyl I bought the minute I heard Owner of a Lonely Heart. Still holds up, and is still one of my all-time favorite records.