"Cash Cow" as written by and Mike Doughty....
Refreshing bills
To warm the slots in the till
Infernal wheel
That churns the ocean of milk
That long wire is frayed
Don't shout out proudly that the cash cow's lame
That proud call is wrong
Don't scoot by trumpeting the cash cow's gone

The quantize knob
That drains the beat of all soul
You hapless slob
Go back to sink in your hole
This thing's going down
Don't gift-horse gawk it at the cash cow now
Disdainful clown
Don't go 'round mocking on the cash cow now

And I will offer you a place
In my pavilion
And I must stick close to the grace
Of fifty billion

Smoke in the mouth
Stick in a candy apple
So luminous
Skinned, but the face is awful
Some cloud unknown
This pinkness creeping as the sun comes low
That long haul, wow,
Don't go 'round mocking on the cash cow now

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"Cash Cow" as written by Mike Doughty


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    General CommentIt's always hard to pin down what Doughty is saying, but at the very least, this seems to be a song about not walking away from a good thing -- a "cash cow." Don't shout that the cow's lame when it's not; don't mock the cow and the gifts it can bring you. Be generous of spirit, and welcome the cow into your pavilion. Stick close to it through good times and bad, over the long haul. You'll be glad you did. It's a silly image, but in the best Doughty tradition, also kind of sneakily profound.
    TGon September 13, 2006   Link

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