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Song by Manic Street Preachers
Released 9th September, 2005
Format CD and Download
Genre Rock
Length 2:37
Label Independiente Records
Producer Dave Eringa

"Leviathan" is a song by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was recorded for the charity album Help!: A Day In The Life for War Child UK in 2005 [1]. The song is also available as a download on iTunes. It takes its title from the 1651 book about political power, Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil by Thomas Hobbes. The lyric "Brutal, nasty, this life is short" is a paraphrased quote from the book, where Hobbes describes human life 'in nature' prior to the formation of 'society'[2]. The song also references Patty Hearst, the SLA, the Baader-Meinhof Group and the film The Medusa Touch [3]. The song begins with a sample of Richard Jobson, lead singer of the Scottish punk band The Skids declaring "We also do speak politics to you here today" as he introduces the Skids song TV Stars[4].


  1. ^ BBC News, Music Stars Out to Help War Child, BBC News
  2. ^ Oregon State University, Leviathan, Chapter XIII,Oregon State University
  3. ^ The Annotated Manics, Lyrics - Leviathan
  4. ^ The Annotated Manics, Quotes - We Do Also Speak


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