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Kinks lyrics - Lola vs. the Powerman the Money-Go-Round, Part One

Powerman

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I know a man, he's a powerful man He's got the people in his power In the palm of his hand. He started at the bottom and he worked his way up Now he's never going to stop Until he reaches the top. It's the same old story, it's the same old dream, It's power man, power man, and all that it can bring. If you want your money, you better stand in the line 'Cos you'll only end up picking up nickels and dimes. You call him names and he sits and grins 'Cos everybody else is just a sucker to him. And he's got my money, but I've got my faith And powerman, powerman, I'll never be your slave. It's the same old story, it's the same old game It's power man, power man, driving me insane People tried to conquer the world Napoleon and Genghis Khan Hitler tried and Mussolini too Powerman don't need to fight, powerman don't need no guns Powerman got money on his side Well I'm not rich and I'm not free But I've got my girl and she got me He's got my money and my publishing rights But I've got my girl and I'm alright And she got me going, and she keeps me sane But powerman, powerman, got money on the brain It's the same old story it's the same old game Powerman, powerman driving me insane

The Dying And The Dead

Aus-Rotten "...And Now Back To Our Programming"
Thiry thousand auto workers have gone to work to find That they've been downsized form the assembly to the unemployment line The employed seeking job security content with what employers give Thinning out the job market keeps the workers competitive The upper one percent receive the tax breaks, social program cut's commence Educational funds take a back seat to America's defense These education cuts are an investment in the prison industry An occupational restructuring towards a slave labor economy The chance of survival on death row disappears,theirright to appeal is deprived Worker strength and solidarity depletes with union officials bribed Raising taxes to build sports stadiums while the homeless are ignored Refusing to supply the health care benefits most people can't afford The newly founded citizen review boards' members are all police The gap widens between the cost of living and the inflation increase Those in power own the media machine it's the vehicle to their views They bury all of their corruption under fluff reported news They bombard us with statistics to influence public opinion The more ridiculous the lie the more people seem to listen It's the people with no money that are responsible for the rest of us being poor We'll just eliminate the welfare system to even up the score Our conditions never imporve no matter how many programs we stop The money always seems to circulate back to the people at the top The occasionl whining criticisms keep the public satisfied The rest are busy escaping reality with drugs the CIA supplied It's always the most oppressed who easily fall victim to ignorance Even with all that they've been through they still pledge allegiance To their country and flag that has caused all of their grievous pain Patriotism leads to natonalism which in turn proceeds to fascism Poor and working class people are the tools of sick corporate perseverance Shit on little puppets exploited in the trials of human dominance But still the pride goes on blindly and in so-called freedom they gloat Waving the flag but cursing the politicians they think they elect when they vote Behind the trails of our peacekeepers lie the dying and the dead There are millions of starving chilren that are waiting to be fed Because executive orders demand that economic sanctions are applied If they'd have bowed down to our pressure, relief may have just arrived As the worlds only super power we rule without regret We don't let these children survive and grow up to be a threat Love of this country is based on nothing but the fear of living somewhere worse And gratitude shouldn't be the reaction to someone else being slaughtered first

Welfare Recipients

Aus-Rotten "...And Now Back To Our Programming"
Who are the biggest recipients of the institution of public assistance Who's bled the taxpayers of countless funds since our welfare system's existence What group has always been the biggest freeloading welfare whore Our leaders claim single mothers, minorities, immigrants and the poor So they've cut the funding to all of these groups while real recipients hide Telling the public that by their actions they've eliminated the free ride They're going to have to work or starve there's no way left to cheat No chance of generous government handouts except for th corporate elite What as given to single mothers didn't compare With the amount of money given for corpoate welfare When the option is companies or people who are we going to feed Cut the corporate welfare, no more suffering for their greed What they've tried to keep a secret and what we need to understan Is that the welfare systime wasn't meant to lend a helping hand It's just another government safety net to help the rich succeed Prioritizing aid on a scale of power instead of actual financial need Are they so concerned with our welfare as they're taking children off it To give money to corporations so the helping hand can share the profet While people are cited as statistical scapegoats in an effort to confuse Everyone of us has paid the price for the welfare corporations use What was given to minorities With the amount of money given for corpoate welfare When the option is companies or people-who are we going to feed? Cut the corporate welfare, no more suffering for their greed Are we as a people as naive that we believed their helping hand sincere Devouring our social programs they've made their intntions crystal clear Our survival doesn't compare with the need for corporate dominance Stealing food from the mouths of people, with an inflated sense of self-importance The trusting, obedient tapayers are being fucked by their politicians Paying for the privilege of being robbed by a system that never listens If they're genuinely trying to relieve the burden with all the cuts they've made Then why didn't their cuts include the funds provided for corporate aid What was given to immigrants didn't compare With the amount of money given for corpoate welfare When the option is companies or people-who are we going to feed? Cut the corporate welfare, no more suffering for their greed

Give Me The World

SILKK THE SHOCKER "Charge It 2 Da Game"
Yo, god father I come today to ask you a favor Young Silkk i've always liked you, today before we make you a made nigga just tell me a little more about yourself [Silkk] My life started FUCKED up got me lost in the game they told me i was never going amount to nothing so started slanging some cane you could love or hate it nigga wanna see Silkk incarserated they complicated, contomplated that's why I can't be faded I hate it they sucked up they mad that I made it Young Silkk overated keep my dope overweighted () mercedes respect with a nigga like I smash hand on four five surrounded by killers and soldiers and bullet proof glass mob representing linger soliders kiss my pinky finger my balls camoflauged by this rap singin' drug dealing made me famous so I'm going to keep on doin' it got used to it the whole world united for me [Chorus] Give me the World I want everything from dollars to cream Give me the World Large amounts of money the american dream Give me the World High class pussy expensive cars Give me the World Finer foods and cuban cigars Give me the World Money and power it's my only plan Give me the World I won't rest 'til the world's in my hand Lo ciento mucho, FUCK THAT you came short on my dope cut off one of your fingers send it in the mail you'll have my money by twelve send the other four the game designed by me so I can't lose I make if they don't give me what I want I make them an offer they can't refuse I pay dues gave a small time for lent I stay in dirt like grass you'll never find my fucking finger prints don't lie snitches in this game niggas see men's shoes Floretin is everything can't break the rules see me kinda man lost a ki of some cane but I can't cry over spilled milk have to charge it to the game invested large in vegas I roll with top notch () driving jet planes sittin' on yachts all I wanna do is represent (represent) should i say all I wanna get (do) is presidents Give me the World I want everything from dollars to cream Give me the World Large amounts of money the american dream Give me the World High class pussy expensive cars Give me the World Finer foods and cuban cigars Give me the World Money and power it's my only plan Give me the World I won't rest 'til the world's in my hand Give me the World Money and power it's my only plan Give me the World I won't rest 'til the world's in my hand

Fears Of A Coke Lord

ANDRE NICKATINA "Daiquiri Factory: Cocaine Raps, Vol. 2"
[Verse 1] In the blink of an eye You know your tiga can die I'm from the land of the 22, 44, 45 Riddles and lies is something we all despise So we look up to sky for the answer to "why?" We was just little tigas when we first tried You chose the d-game, and I chose the rhyme Though our brains were the same man Our brains had to change man Cause if it didn't change, we'd be stuck in the game Man the game [Chorus:] (I can't even have a family god) Fears of a coke lord driving my tigers insane (These cats is coming after me god) Tryin to get paid off the ya-yo powder and caine (My woman's hella sheisty god) Fears of a coke lord driving my tigers insane (I wanna do better god) But check it, I feel your pain [Verse 2] It was 7-4, I mean July the 4th I was going on tour and you was going to war Dope fiend checks, a new Lex and kill techs Before I had to jet I told the god I'm impressed He said check it out Nicky, I'm killing the world My woman is top notch, got my brain in a twirl Hella ballers done hit it and I call her my girl And my mama looks at me like I'm not her pearl I go to sleep every night with a body on my mind Man, slugs from the nine, you shoulda seen how he died Fears for years, but yo- you already knew that I'ma keep selling dope, but yo, how can I do that? Itchin to be vicious ever since I was seven He said Nickatina will we go to heaven For the game [Chorus]

Invisible People

Citizen Fish
Invisible people with invisible hands/holding very obvious collection cans/ anonymous people with anonymous jobs/hurry past for fear of being late for the boss/both will say it's not the way I intended to be/knowing that the other guy has all he could need/the homeless have got all the time and all of it to share/the workers have got all the cash and none of it to spare/ invisible people with invisible feet/taxi cab potential knowing every street/ anonymous people with anonymous cars/rolling up the winddows as they drive on past/if these wree all your relatives then which one would you feed?/would the power you get from money dissappear if it was free?/isn't it therefore obvious that in this society/there's poverty and hunger due to other people's greed/ invisible people from invisible homes/lost the job their rent went up out on their own/anonymous people with anonymous lives/reliant on superiors to keep them alive/cos when it comes right down to it the structure is the same/ control requires acceptance that you have to play the game/the power of money trickles down decreasing as it goes/and out there in the rain it would be used on food and clothes/but social guilt the barrier to giving what is gained/to those who have less of it, cuts the last link in the chain/invisibility comes from being constantly in view/ignorance is the passive stance of saying it can't be true/reality shapes itself around perceptions of the self/until we really need it we refuse to offer help/the state that creats homelessness thrives on this attitude/until we smash these limitations and take a wider view

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