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Talking Inflation Blues, song lyrics

Song: Talking Inflation Blues
Lyrics: Tom Glazer(1)

Music: Tom Glazer(1)
Year: 1946
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


Well, friends and neighbors of the United States,
Come listen to a story that's hard to relate.
Takes place in a town where the hot air blows
Over the lobbies where the filibuster grows.
Hardy Perennial. Evergreen. Stinkweed.
Now, down in that town there's a feller working there,
He ain't a barber but he gets in people's hair;
He gets paid to squeeze, gets paid to twist,
They call this critter a lobbyist.
He's high pressure. All thumbs. Fits any size buttonhole.
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'Course, he's only doing his job.
He's a hard worker. Gets a bonus
From the National Association of Manufacturers,
From the National Association of Real Estate Boards,
From the National Association of Dry Goods Merchants,
Big shots.

Well, this here feller, I'm sorry to say,
He's trying to kill the O.P.A.(2)
He's trying to kill the housing bill,
And other good things he's trying to kill.
He's a killer. But he's only doing his job.

He's a hard worker. Gets a bonus...
From the National Association of Manufacturers,
From the National Association of Real Estate Boards,
From the National Association of Dry Goods Merchants,
Big shots.

Well, friends and neighbors of the U.S.A.,
I'll tell you what'll happen if they kill O.P.A.(1),
Your beat-up buck won't be worth a cent,
Prices'll fly to the firmament.
Sky high rent. Sky high food. Sky high everything.
But the lobbyist, he's only doing his job.
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He's a hard worker. Gets a bonus...
From the National Association of Manufacturers,
From the National Association of Real Estate Boards,
From the National Association of Dry Goods Merchants,
Big shots.

Now, if you don't want to spend ten dollars for a pound of steak,
And if you don't want to spend fifty dollars a pound for cake,
And if you don't want to spend twenty dollars a pound for greens,
Two hundred for rent, and Lord knows what for beans,

Write a card to your Congressman now, today,
Tell him to save that O.P.A.(1),
Tell him to fight just as hard as he's able
For the National Association of American People...
Biggest shots!


Notes:

1 - Tom Glazer biography from Wikipedia.

2 - O.P.A. was the Office of Price Administration, established by Executive Order 8734, April 11, 1941 by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt.