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Tommy Roe

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The Lyrics

The narrator is a working stiff who's blowing some steam -- (s)he's all talk.If you don't know/remember the original, I found a copy at:
I'm so busy, making a living
For survival, I never live
And the taxman's coming again
It's making me angry

Ev'ry day I go to work
To make a little bread
For me and mine

The layabouts collect my dues
The rich are getting richer off my dime

I earn everything I get
But they keep taking more of it
'n so I end up working all the time

I'm so angry, my head is splitting
One more burden, I'll lose control
Climb a tower, bearing my load
'n then I'll start shooting

The bums don't want a job, "Boo Hoo"
But hold their hands out
Begging for my help

The rich are on a shopping spree
But I'm the one
Stuck paying off their bills

They're all on the dole, you see
Yeah, both sides get a piece of me
And let me keep too little for myself

I'll start shooting, not really aiming
Like a madman, seeking revenge
In the middle, bled from both ends
I'll make them all sorry
My head is splitting
I've been working, myself to death
In the middle, bled from both ends
It's killing me slowly
They call this living?
They're taking I'm giving
Dedicated to the working poor, in loving memory of the middle class.

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Meriadoc - October 02, 2003 - Report this comment
Excellent pacing - kinda scary tho'! :-0
Melhi - October 02, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks Merry. You know, I was worried it would come across scarier than intended. In sticking to the strict format of the orignal, I ran out of room to resolve the narrator into the more sympathetic character I pictured in my mind, (in other words, the song was shorter than I'd remembered, so the submission is basically an act short of a play,) so I opted to cheat a little by using the introductory message to try to set this character's stage. With an additional verse and chorus set, I'd have done that in the resolution, instead. The extra verse would have been used to illustrate that he's harmless and doesn't mind paying his fair share but feels, sometimes, that he's shouldering the burden, alone and is taken for granted by those who benefit from his toils. I had two resolutions in mind for final chorus -- one has him clocking back in from his break (" break is ending..."?) and the other has him drifting off into a much needed sleep ("I'm so sleepy..."?) to do it all again, dutifully, tomorrow -- both actions taking place far away from towers, arsonals and innocent bystanders. (Shoot, I'm rambling, sorry if I've bored you. Thanks for the read & rate! Sorry for creeping you out. :) )
Billy Florio - October 02, 2003 - Report this comment
I thought it was good
Melhi - October 02, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks Billy!
Diva - October 02, 2003 - Report this comment
Good Job, kind of dark, but well written
Melhi - October 02, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks Diva!
Peregrin - October 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Good job, Melhi.
Melhi - October 04, 2003 - Report this comment
Thanks Pippin!
Tim Hall - May 03, 2004 - Report this comment
Excellent commentary on the squeezing of the working person.
Melhi - May 04, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks Tim!

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