Rockonomics - Rock songs about dirty cash

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An EP of songs about economics and money, written by Peter Cook, Haydn Jones and Dr Andrew Sentance


released September 21, 2015

Haydn Jones - Bass guitar, vocals
Peter Cook - Lead guitars, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
Dr Andrew Sentance - Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Zee Fincham - Lead Vocals
Rick Benbow - Keyboards
Pete Stephens - Drums, percussion



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Track Name: The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street
The old lady of Threadneedle Street
Glides through the hallowed halls
Her silken gaze, weaving spirits deep
With Court held rapt in thrall

The gathered minds work hard and fast
With fan charts and words so broad
They work magic on digits long
Seeking out the moderate path

The time then comes when the governor calls
The markets sit and wait
Cold faces stare at blocks of red
The damned await their fate

Old lady of Threadneedle Street
What punishment lies in store
I have not sinned dear lady love
But I know it is the lore

The members meet and the vote is cast
The envelope's sealed and the steward called
It's Houblon pink or the markets crash
The old lady damns them all

Fine lady of Threadneedle Street
Protect me from the end
I am but a mere mortal man
Your magic can transcend

I sit and wait for the news to hit
The rate will shape it all
My life then flashed in front of me
The colour tells it all

Red blocks cascade and roll and blink
The panic spreads like fire
My mouth is dry, my fingers stiff
I stare and watch the pyre

Old lady of Threadneedle Street
Have mercy on my soul
This is the end, I'm damned to hell
The consequences are untold

Fine lady of Threadneedle Street
Protect us all from fate
Your guiding light and solemn ways
Doth headlong prick Inflate

Forward Guidance
Out of darkness
Into the light
Track Name: New Normal
The tailwinds from the East
Meet the headwinds from the West
I can't get no relief
Though I'm trying to do my best

It's the New Normal - not the same
It's the New Normal - they've changed the game
It's the New Normal - we're on the wane
We're living in the New Normal

The deficit is up
Productivity is down
The tide is going out
But I still feel I might drown

It's the New Normal ...

Now Britain's on the mend
While America walks tall
But China's going to win
Because Asia’s got it all

In Ancient Europe nothing’s changing
Only deckchairs rearranging
The Oil King’s lost his crown
And the euro’s going down

It's the New Normal ....
Track Name: Fiscal Cliff
Verse 1 and 2 My Daddy hailed from New Orleans, Followed the work of Maynard Keynes, I live down south, in Bethnal Green, We’re living way beyond our means

A broker's life, belt and braces, Spreads, swaps, a day at the races, Sex, derivatives, rock and roll, This gambling life, it drained my soul

Chorus I’m gonna jump the Fiscal Cliff, Forget my debt 'cos I'll be stiff, Just fly away into the blue, A cut and run for me and you

Verse 2 and 3 Boom, Boom, BOOM, and now we're busted, Five years later, all hopes dusted, Buy now, pay later, interest free, Three mobiles, homes and five TV's

Been searching for alternatives, We're watching the derivatives, My options down, I lost my soul, Shares lost in Northern Rock'n'Roll

Chorus followed by Middle Eight

Our father, Who art in Wall Street, Shallow be thy name
Thy Credit come, Thy will be done, In banks as it is in hedge funds
Give us this day, Our daily spread, And forgive us our borrowings As we forgive those, That borrow against us
And lead us not into taxation, But deliver us from pensions
For thine is the credit, The Quantitative Easing
Forever and Ever? Amen?

Verses 5 and 6 Now I know, I have a new God, No credit, live inside my wad, Just pay my way, buy what I need, Save the planet, with love not greed

It’s no more boom and bust for me, I wanna live sustainably, I swapped the braces, suits and ties, For a better life, natural highs

Chorus Not gonna jump that Fiscal Cliff, Gonna repent, write a new riff, Just pay my way, a life sublime, Save the planet, without sub-prime