Saturday, 1 January 2011

2011: Rich Man’s Paradise, Poor Man’s Hell

As we in the UK face the new year assaulted by “our” government’s obscene actions, their philosophy is summed up perfectly by the words of Matt McGinn.

McGinn died in 1977 but he had the Tories nailed.

Rich Man’s Paradise                                           Matt McGinn

Rich mans paradise, poor man's hell,
Rich man's paradise, I bid fare-thee-well.
Bread and roses all the way, for the chosen few,
You ain't thinkin' of me my friend, but I'll be thinkin of you.

There is no pity, down in the city,
The gentlemen with heads held high,
Won't see the homeless lady, with a little homeless baby,
Little tears came glistening in his eyes.

Rich mans paradise, poor man's hell,
Rich man's paradise, I bid fare-thee-well.
Bread and roses all the way, for the chosen few,
You ain't thinkin' of me my friend, but I'll be thinkin of you.

Shipyard towns are dying, shipyard folk are crying,
Fearful of the things being done,
They won't hear them wailing, you will find them sailing,
With their 'Morning Clouds' they'll hide the golden sun.

Rich mans paradise, poor man's hell,
Rich man's paradise, I bid fare-thee-well.
Bread and roses all the way, for the chosen few,
You ain't thinkin' of me my friend, but I'll be thinkin of you
.

When Sunday bells are ringing, you will hear them singing,
Songs of Praise, the Lord on high,
They will read the Lesson, call down Heaven's blessing,
Living through their Sunday morning lie.

Rich mans paradise, poor man's hell,
Rich man's paradise, I bid fare-thee-well.
Bread and roses all the way, for the chosen few,
You ain't thinkin' of me my friend, but I'll be thinkin of you.

To the streets!

[For more Matt McGinn, see my first ‘Sunday Morning Coffee’ show  or visit bigmanio at his YouTube channel.]

6 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Calum.

    Great lyrics, I had not heard those before.

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  2. Best wishes for good health and happiness in the new year.

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  3. An excellent song and lyrics as relevant to our times as they were when they were written.


    Remember that the trickle down effect is just the sensation of the rich pissing down your neck!

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  4. Powerful lyrics.

    Nevertheless, I wish you a Good New Year Calum.

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  5. And to you too, Andrew.
    Take care.

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