Anthem for a Lost Cause

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"Anthem for a Lost Cause"
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Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album Rewind the Film
Released November 25, 2013 (2013-11-25)
Format Digital download
Genre Alternative rock, folk rock
Length 3:52
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) James Dean Bradfield, Nick Jones, Sean Moore
Producer(s) Manic Street Preachers, Loz Williams
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"Show Me the Wonder"
"Anthem for a Lost Cause"
"Walk Me to the Bridge"
"Show Me the Wonder"
"Anthem for a Lost Cause"
"Walk Me to the Bridge"

"Anthem for a Lost Cause" is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It is the second single released from the band's eleventh studio album, Rewind the Film.[1]


Both song and lyrics were written by singer James Dean Bradfield, in an interview he stated that the song was about the question of if lyrics today are as important as they were before. The song as one of the longest, if not the longest chorus of any song in the album. The music video features Tori Lyons, who previously starred in the video for "Show Me the Wonder", reprising her role as a miner's wife in the 1984 miners' strike.[2] The band stated that Kieran Evans was important for this video, because not only he did the band's last video, but because they wanted to capture the feeling of the 80´s and how women dealt with the big miners' strike, in the video we see a woman that is trying to survive without her husband that has left her because of the conditions that they were living in. The video shows many realities of the consequences of that 80's strike.[3]


The song was made available by digital download on the 25th November 2013, backed up by two songs Death of a Digital Ghost and See It Like Sutherland. A live version of She Is Suffering at the O2 Arena in 2011 was also in the single digital download. It peaked on number 200 in the UK Singles Chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Anthem for a Lost Cause" 3:52
2. "Death of a Digital Ghost" 3:33
3. "See It Like Sutherland" 3:56
4. "She Is Suffering" (live at The O2) 5:01


Manic Street Preachers
Other personnel
  • Loz Williams - production, keyboards
  • Gavin Fitzjohn - horn arrangement, trumpets
  • Sean Read - horn arrangement, trumpets


Chart (2013) Peak
UK Singles Chart[5] 200


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