Money Speaks

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In a world where one idea is evidently as good as another and the disregard of facts is of little consequence, those with the loudest voices, least scruples, and biggest war chests tend to predominate. Moogerfooger pedals were used extensively to craft the guitar, percussion, and funky bass sounds. (Given the Supreme Court’s recent decision to equate corporate money with free speech, this song appears rather prescient.)

lyrics

Money speaks
Everyone listens
Screw the little man
With public relations

The press is free
To ask no questions
Invisible ink
Power of suggestion

In this deck all the cards are marked
With talking points and propaganda
No cognitive dissonance
Interferes with the agenda

Reality is mutable
Nothing’s fastened to the ground
Everything’s disputable
All reasoning just sound

Money speaks
Got everyone’s attention
Arrow through the heart
Market penetration

Dollar signs with halos
Plot world domination
Heaven’s on the line
To the global corporation

Dial-a-Democracy
Rings busy every time
Pardon me brother
Can you spare a dime

Almighty dollar
Got hold of Uncle Sam
Liberty and Justice
Cashed out and ran

Money speaks
You’d better listen
As truth goes mute
Assumes the position

We yield the power
Held over our heads
Then come lying time
We’ve made our own beds

credits

from Hologramatron, released May 27, 2010
Amy X Neuburg: vocals
Robert Powell: pedal-steel guitar
Michael Manring: bass
Celso Alberti: drums, percussion
Barry Cleveland: electric and acoustic guitar, sampled percussion

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