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November 13, 2014

Budget Crisis

As readers of this blog will know, I have some fairly clear and strong political leanings. I've never been a member of any party but I know what I think is a good way to run the country: full equality of opportunity, minimal inequality of outcomes, an absence of prejudice, and a goverment that works consistently for the good of the majority, not the priviledged minority. So, when the Abbott government was elected, I was devastated. Based on what they promised, I knew this would be a government that worked towards reversing what I regard as progress towards a just Australia.

But when they actually took over and started implementing their agenda I was even more horrified. Not only did they lie about their pre-election platform, but the one they sought to implement will do so much damage to our beautiful country that I had to do something to protest. I could not sit by and watch while policies are implemented that hand massive economic advantages to the already super-rich while making life harder for the many who have so little.

As it happened, back on the late 1990s I had come up with a catchy hook about Brisbane's trafic problems called "Transport crisis" and quickly decided to use that as the foundation of the new protest song. I resolved to use grabs of prominent people - including the politicians themselves - to highlight the point. I did not want this to be all about me. A quick demo was thrown together, which people liked but said needed to be professionally produced, so I enlisted the help of ARIA winner Magoo, and the result is here, - iTunes version here. I intend to donate the proceeds to the anti-Abbott forces of Australia in the hope that we can minimise the damage ... you can hear it for free, but please part with your cash on this one to help make the world a better place.

Here's the artwork - video coming soon. There's a merch store on the other end of this link:

Budget Crisis

There seems to be some confusion
Does the treasury need transfusion?
Our leaders are so upset.
At the ever-increasing debt.

There's a deficit in accounting
Broken promises keep on mounting
The problem is plain you see.
Got a budget emergency!

Chorus:
We're talkin' 'bout a budget crisis
Talkin' 'bout a budget crisis
Wondrin' what the hell the price is
To fix this b-b-budget cri-i-sis
Say What?

Verse 2
There seems to be some digression
Are we heading for a deep recession?
The Treasurer has a bent
End the age of entitlement

There's an issue of definition
And monotonous repetition
Make the unemployed wait an age
Mining subsidies are the rage

Chorus:
We're talkin' 'bout a budget crisis
We're talkin' 'bout a budget crisis
Wondrin' what the hell the price is
To fix this b-b-budget cri-isis
Say What?

Verse 3
I think I got a good solution.
Can we go to double dissolution?
The Voters can have their say
Tell the Kiwis it's all OK

This cabinet of blue-tie bogans
Keep chanting their three-word slogans
And the signal to self-destruct
Is screaming #WorldisFukt

Chorus:
We're talkin' 'bout a budget crisis
We're talkin' 'bout a budget crisis
Wondrin' what the hell the price is
To fix this b-b-budget cri-isis
Say What?
Say What?
Say What?

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Please note: This song is APRA registered: Work ID TBA; ISWC TBA. You can copy, reproduce and distribute any part of these lyrics and chords for any non-commercial purpose as long as you acknowledge its source. I'm interested in your feedback, comments, suggestions. If you make something good out of it, let me know and I'll consider adding it to this site.

If you perform it or broadcast it for any purpose, please let APRA know.

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Posted by Huge at November 13, 2014 10:45 AM
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