"Sowing The Seeds of Love" by Tears For Fears

written and interpreted by Kris Caballero (January 29, 2017)



Album Artist Song Album Track Number Year
The Seeds of Love Tears For Fears "Sowing The Seeds of Love" #3 1989
Another love song? Song title may assume so, but definitely not this track.

Releasing their third official album in roughly four years, preceding their hit Songs From The Big Chair, Tears For Fears (TFF) finally released a new album catering to a different, somewhat ambitious, tunes as the music universe approached the nineties.

The official music video for this song also received praise awarded by MTV Best Special Effects and Breakthrough Video awards. This is also one of the couple of songs where Curt sung some parts and also was featured in the video promo for this song. I say so because tensions ran high with Curt and Roland, which, later, led to the split of Britain's awesome musical duo. Nevertheless, the album still saw success on the charts and this song "Sowing The Seeds of Love" was no exception—Topped at #1 in the UK and #8 in the US.

We all know the message when you "sow the seeds of love" when in comes to romantic relationships. Yeah, so what makes this song political?

Sowing the seeds of love, in which "Love" is a reference to the Beatles' top hits "All You Need Is Love," making this, let alone the entire album according to Curt, an homage to the Beatles and the sixties era of music (á la "British Invasion"). It's no surprise that the gentlemen have listed the Beatles as their musical influence, and have respectably paid a huge homage to one of the most successful, popular bands this planet has ever seen. Now, here's where the politics come in: this song was a response to "Thatcherism" in England. Take these lyrics:
"politician grannie with your high ideals
have you no idea how the majority feels?
so without love and a promised land
we're fools to the rules of a government plan
kick out the style! bring back the jam!"
"Politician Grannie" refers to Margaret Thatcher who was elected Prime Minister of the UK (from 1979 to 1990). Admittedly, Roland mentioned his disliked her re-election and composed this song as a form of protest.

That's not all: "Bring back The Jam" is a call to punk group The Jam who composed political music during their tenure in the seventies and eighties (left wing). According to MemoriesFade.com, lead singer of The Jam, Paul Weller veered to soul music causing the band to split. At that point, Weller formed "The Style Council" but was dropped by their record label in the nineties. Since then, Weller continued his solo career. Put those facts together and you get the line, "Kick out the style, bring back The Jam!"

Near the end of the song, you'll hear this little bit along with the lyrical reiteration:
"high time we made a stand
and shook up the view of the common man
and the lovetrain rides from coast to coast
every minute of every hour
"i love a sunflower"
and i believe
in lovepower"
I'll let Roland himself explain that part:
"I wouldn't take the credit for this one. A lot of it came and I just picked up on it and tried to assemble it the best I could. Basically I just unscrambled it for everybody else.

For instance, here's an example. "I love a sunflower", right? "I love a sunflower" is a piece of graffiti on a wall near my home. I see it every day. I didn't know what to sing on a guide vocal for the track so I sang that instead of "dada dada dada". Then all of a sudden, "Sowing The Seeds" is just about to come out and the Ecology Party do really well in the Euro-elections and their emblem is the sunflower. I didn't know that, it all seems to be fitting in now. These things are synchronous.

People say "Seeds" is a naive song but I don't have any problem with naivety. People, especially in England, have a tremendous problem with vision and creativity because it's intangible and because they may not themselves be able to materialise their vision, to earth their vision. So I don't have a problem with naivety or the archetype of love because from writing to recording, I'm turning the intangible into the tangible. So if something's naive and full of hope, then if you can make it happen it's fair enough."
I personally never seen a graffiti that says "I love a sunflower," but, I have seen and took a picture of a graffiti that said "Just Have Faith." I took that at Las Vegas, Nevada, and yes, I did take a picture for proof right here:
'Just Have Faith' graffiti in Las Vegas, Nevada

I may not be a lyricist/musician but I'm sure someone who has driven by this main street may have used these very same words. That picture was taken back in September 14, 2011—the day of my birthday. Great timing, great message, so thank you to whoever wrote that graffiti there for me to see.

Anyway, that wraps up our very first song lyrics interpretation! What is your interpretation(s) of the song? Tell us in the comments below (Facebook account required)!