Making a Dime

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Making a Dime

This boy ain't shown you nothing yet!
Favor his wager if you're hedging your bets:
Ingrained but exotic,
Tame but erotic,
Tweet it at your friends and take off twenty percent!

Oo, this man has got it made
He's a game-changer and we all have been played.
Better gobble up the stock, it's
Going in his pockets
Schemes of mice and men have never better been laid

He can toast and booze ‘em
Wangle and confuse ‘em
Pull the wool over your ruse-em
Cross him once and you lose him

He's a tightrope walker
Great Grandmother talker
Sink the stop-the-press shockers
Down to Dow Jones’s Lockers

Fortune Magazine?
He's on the top of the list
Every “i" is dotted;
Every baby is kissed
Butter up another
For the suckers who missed
(Pay in, pay out, he’s on the way now!)
Leave the baby boy at home
To make it on time
Praise the God of Commerce
Over Stable Design
Cause anything is anything
Is anything is anything is
Anything is worth it
If you're making a dime

Who’s got time for Lady Luck?
He’s the damn driver
And he's stopping the truck
Pull on your best britches
He knows what your wish is:
A goose in every oven
If he run out of duck

Slick your hair and shine your shoes
He'll put you in the black
If you've been singing the blues
The union got whiners?
Ship the job to China
He'll work it over night
Without it making the news

He can wine and dine ‘em
Humble and enshrine ‘em
California 49 ‘em
Bump up the bottom line ‘em

He can gleam and sparkle
Appease the patriarchal
No locks!
No chains!
He’ll take the reigns now!

The books are really cooking
When he’s fixing the price
He consumes the cake
And they can fight for the slice
Everyone’s a winner
When you’ve loaded the dice
(Rolling! Ka-ching!
Fat ladies sing now!)
Who’s afraid of jail
When he can buy out the crime?
Washing Pappy’s hands
With old Macallan and lime
Cause anything is anything
Is anything is anything is
Anything is worth it
If you're making a dime

The blade cuts deeper
When the iron’s hot
Refresh your pound of flesh
If it been going to rot
Stake that rot on your future gains
The cash keeps raining!
Anyone complaining?
Blow that bubble till it’s full to burst
You try to keep it down
You're heading in for the worst
Let it grow . . . Let it grow . . .
Let it grow! Grow! Grow!

Those stinking tent cities
Sprouted up in the dark
In Dewey and Zuccoti
And in Kennedy Park
A bitch without a bite
Ain't worth the boom of the bark
(That's it! Evict!
Let's make it quick now!)
Here atop the pyramid
The air is sublime
High above the rabble
And the gravel and grime
And anything is worth it
If you're making a dime
Anything is worth it
If you're making a dime

The monkeys in the middle
Want a shot at the pay
They can get the message
Or get out of the way
A billion people settle
For a dollar a day
(Get what you get,
Don’t get upset, now)
To reach the upper rungs
You learn to push as you climb
Despite the laws of humanism,
Rhythm and rhyme
And anything is worth it
Anything is worth it
Anything is worth it
If you’re making a dime

They're chopping off the heads
Of all the best in the biz
Got too big to fail
But didn't prep for the quiz
Barricade the door
Against the cast of Les Miz
(Let's hold him down;
it's turned around now)
You want to be a man
And kill a God in his prime?
Then shout it as you drop
The guillotine through his spine
That anything is anything
is anything is anything
is anything is worth it
If you're making a dime

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from The Battle of Bunker Hill, released April 11, 2015

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