Cost Of Doing Business

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"Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer."

-Henry David Thoreau

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[1]
No, I don't know why that
every single time that I go by
and see a fast food chain close, and take down its sign,
it kinda makes me smile


No, I don't know why that
every single time that I go by
and see a bus-stop advertisement that has gotten vandalised,
it kinda makes me smile

[1B]
But, what I know
's that if you got a bow
and keep on pullin' back on it, and never let up lax on it
there's gunna be a BACKLASH!

So 'til I find
a target worth mah time
I'll keep on pullin' back on it, and never let up lax on it
until I hear it SNAP!

You must think I'm crazy
They think they gotta help me
But I don't think I'm crazy...

[2]
Even though I don't know why that
every single time that I go by
and see a little kid pushin' his own little shopping cart,
it makes me wanna cry.

And no, I don't know why that
every single time that I go buy
another pair of shoes, or something I'll never use,
it makes me wanna die.

[2B]
And we all know
with no receipt to show
if you try to bring it back,
and know that even if it's wrapped up,
they ain't gunna give you cash back --

so 'til I find the receipt for mah time
I'll keep on tryin' to track it down
and stop being a lackey.
Now, I'm tryin' to take mah a mind back.

"IT'S NOT ME, SIR,
IT'S THE POLICY--
MY HANDS ARE TIED"

[3]
A lie on every surface far as I can see,
and a good spot costs a lot cuz they know where I be;
though I think I'm unique, and I think I behave random,
they can see mah pattern and make a product of me!

Society's a business far as I can see,
and the politicians and cops are in on the scheme;
protect and serve in the context of producers and consumers,
taxable items, and private property.

[3B]
In times of old
I'd be hanged, burned or stoned;
a heretical thought
to try to live apart.
Man, I just don't want no part!

It seems a crime
that I value mah time
even more than cash and that
you better take some action,
or there's gunna be a BACKLASH!

I STAND FREE SIR,
YET I'M ON MAH KNEES,
MAH HANDS ARE TIED

[4]
And though I can see why
the sun goes up and down while I'm inside--
you say I'd do as I please
if not under lock and key,
but I don't think I like!

Because I don't know why,
or even how or from where you divine
the authority to oversee
and dominate another life --
I do not think it's right!

[4B]
But what I know:
the pace in here is slow,
and I am in control of
mah hands, mah eyes, mah stance.

Oh, but I mind
I still wait in a line
for somethin' I'm not askin' for
but they insist I'm lackin', and it's
"Swallow, or feel the LASH!"

[5]
I STAND FREE, HERE,
because now I see
IT'S THE MARKET THAT IS FREE,
not me
AND YOU WILL TRY
to re-integrate me
AND WHEN I BACKLASH
'gainst society
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO
punish me--
JUST LEAVE ME HERE.

[6A]
As long as I
gotta soul,
I can try

A mind,
I can plan.

An eye,
I can see.

As long as I got feet,
I can stand.

Got a heart,
got a beat.

Take a breath and believe
as long as I dream,
I know I am a man...

[6B]
...and you ain't gunna treat me like that! (No!)
I'll state it like a fact: (Yeah!)
If I feel mah freedom must be given back --
don't be mistaken -- I've allowed it to be taken!

The harder I'm thrown to mah knees,
THE TALLER I STAND.

credits

from Listen To It Once, released November 27, 2010
Russell Golden: vocals, guitar
Christopher Pothier: guitar, vocals, bass
Matt the Baptist: drums

Music by R.Golden & C. Pothier
Lyrics by R. Golden

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