REAGANOMICS

REAGANOMICSDemo Audio

Next up in my series of Covid 19 Isolation Demo Postings REAGANOMICS

I wrote the original lyrics to this song in 1983 in Hawaii, it was only lyrics at the time as I didn’t have a real grasp of Music Theory in respect to songwriting (yes some will say I still don’t but music is full of opinions). It was only in the last couple years that I dug through lyrics written back then and found a few that deserved to be put to music. This is one of them and considering where things are at in the US at the moment it is as current today as it was then.

At the time in the mid ‘80s the American people were being sold a pup named Reaganomics, really it was just a new label on a old capitalist propaganda story called trickle-down economics. The career politicians love it as the story goes that if you give more money to the rich and big corporations that money will filter down to the serfs and paupers … unfortunately that is not what happens. Those handouts and tax break schemes find their way in to bank accounts in the Cayman Islands, stock purchases and moves to cheap labor countries like China and Mexico … they do not trickle down to the serf and paupers … never have never will.

For some reason, maybe visions of grandeur by the serfs and paupers that they will be able to collect that money as it trickles down and someday they will be able to work their way out of serfdom, they bought that pup and they are still waiting for it happen. Don’t think for a second that this is one party or the other both have been riding on the trickle-down theory for decades.  Currently they are selling it again and like any pyramid scheme (which is what pure capitalism is) the bottom keeps feeding to the top.

I did clean up the lyrics a bit but for the most part it is as originally written. You will find there are some terms in there that, if you weren’t living in the U.S. A. at the time, will sound foreign but those who were there will remember very well. I’ll clear up a couple for the younger listeners, “meal with the Romans” refers to eating Roman Meal bread which was the really good stuff. “I eat them both with catsup because it’s a vegetable too” refers to the Ronald Reagan pronouncement in regards to the reduced funding for and therefore quality of school lunches, that having catsup with their meals was nourishment because “catsup is a vegetable”.

It is just one of the process of “Reaganomics” we are going to reduce funding for things like education, healthcare, school lunches etc because as all that money comes trickling down you serfs will be able to afford all of those things from your own pockets … if you have any pockets left that is… and now you know why I live in Australia.

Hope you enjoy the song … again it’s just a demo recorded on a little hand held digital recorder from my “studio” and just me on guitar.

And the moral of this song is, when it comes to deals with government, get the money up front.

LYRICS                                                   

Well last night I stopped at Safeway and it almost made me cry

The food I bought just yesterday was now priced sky high

I’m used to drinking Ginger Ale but now I buy RC

They’re cheaper by the dozen but I just got three

I thought I’ll get some burger but hot dogs had do

I eat them both with catsup it’s a vegetable too

 Now were in to Reganomics and I’m proud to do my part

I’ll gladly give up everything but I know that they will not

I used to meal with the Romans but now I eat white bread

I eat artificial cheese now       it comes in a spread

The soap I bought don’t get ya clean but it sure makes lots of suds

Can’t drink milk don’t have the green had to spend it on gasoline

I used to work for peanuts but now I don’t even get that

At the Ronald Regan soup kitchen hope I don’t get fat

Now were in to Reganomics and I’m proud to do my part

I’ll gladly give up everything but I know that they will not

Tell me please Ronnie when will it trickle down 

 Been waiting here for 40 years not a penny have I found  

Oh please tell me Ron it should have trickled down by now 

It seems to trickle up alright but nothing hits the ground  

Well last night I stopped at Safeway and it almost made me cry

The food I bought just yesterday was now priced sky high

I’m used to drinking Ginger Ale but now I buy RC

They’re cheaper by the dozen but I just got three

I thought I’ll get some burger but hot dogs had do

I eat them both with catsup it’s a vegetable too

Now were in to Reganomics and I’m proud to do my part

I’ll gladly give up everything but I know that they will not

2020-09-04T16:45:43+00:00

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