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Speak for Yourself

You say, "We can't afford butter, boy, we've got to buy more guns

so if you get hungry you can bite the bullet, son.

Freedom isn't free and we are going to pay more

because my humble foreign polity will have to start more war!"

I say, "Speak for yourself, you don't speak for me

and I don't like the sound of the way you say we.

Talk about this, talk about that.

Talk about calling something just what it's not!"

You say, "We've got to stop unions from dragging us down

or they might make bosses pass a higher wage around.

Workers are takers no matter how hard they strive.

We know God blesses the rich and a mighty stash makes right."

I say, "Speak for yourself..."

You say, "We ought to thank the rich, they're the makers who count

even when they count other people's money to get their bounce

so when we cut taxes, we slice them on a curve

so the rich can pay less and you can pay more and more!"

I say, "Speak for yourself..."

You say, "It's a free country, boy, and thank God for it too.

You're free to speak your mind if you have the right point of view.

You're free to do what you want until we make it against the law

and you're free to cast a vote and have your vote not count at all!"

I say, "Speak for yourself..."

You say, "Let's give bankers blank checks and call it Financial Choice,

take health care away and confuse them with noise.

Clear Skies means we can put more smoke into the air

and wise use of land means Let's strip it bare!"

I say, "Speak for yourself..."

There's a lyric video of this song which you can find here, and you can get this track from Amazon here. The rough cut video was posted on YouTube on 7/11/08 - click here to watch that video.

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