I wrote the lyrics, then I brought them to the band and we sat around and worked it to music. That was our songwriting routine… pretty arse-backwards really compared to other people! We had three or four strong lyricists and the whole band did the music, so we decided early on that whoever wrote any particular lyric, we would always credit the whole band and share it equally.
But people tend to forget that because it came out as a single in April. So suddenly we had the chance to release a single, and our two favourite songs were Food For Thought and Kingwhich is about Martin Luther King of course, and so we put them out as a AA-side.
Because I wrote it about South Africa, while apartheid was still going on and Mandela was still in prison. We eventually went to South Africa once apartheid was banished, and we played three nights, to 70, people each night — which is still the live record in South Africa. The current UB40 line-up Robin Campbell third from right. I was 21 years old. I wish that they all had more money than they have.
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