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Blind Youth is a song written by Oakey/Marsh /Ware and recorded by The Human League and included on their debut album Reproduction.


The song is one of the group's earliest recordings and was also initially referred to as 'Optimistic Anthem' on early demo recordings.

'Blind Youth' is one of the four tracks recorded for the group's only John Peel session in 1978 although this particular recording has never been officially released.

Content and lyrics

The song is a tongue-in-cheek anthem, extolling the virtues and advantages of modern city life as typified in the line "high-rise living's not so bad". The chorus exhorts today's "blind youth" to "take hope!"

The second verse also contains the legendary line "dehumanisation is such a big word / it's been around since Richard III". 

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