"Cabaret" as written by and Kander John/ebb Fred....
Amnesty night the joke's on you
About as much use as a Pulitzer Prize photograph
Irony here is lost on you
What sells sells and we can never change that

I won't be your leading lady
You can't ask me to pose like that
Don't you think it's pretty scary
When they ask her to pose like that?

I can't understand you
If we can't talk then how can we express ourselves?
No one here cares if you lose
Everything, nevermind your clothes in those photographs

In the finest tradition, cabaret is back in fashion
No use for these guitars
About as much use as a risqué photograph, photograph, photograph, photograph

I won't be your leading lady
You can't ask me to pose like that
Don't you think it's pretty scary
When they ask her to pose like that?


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"Cabaret" as written by Barry Hyde David Craig

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    General CommentNo comments?! Crrrrazy.

    Well the connotation I get is that this is about the porno industry ("You can't ask me to pose like that", "What sells sells and we can never change that", etc) and how degrading and selfish of an industry it is ("Noone here cares if you lose anything, nevermind-your clothes in those photographs", "Don't you think it's sick it's pretty scary/When they ask her to pose like that"). The writer is obviously disgusted by the way they treat women, and who wouldnt be? Many of the girls who go into the industry are just young, naive, and sad. Just looking for acceptance. It's an industry for some, but not many.
    couitneyyon March 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHmm I always made the connection that they were drawing a parallel between the sex industry and the music industry. The big record corporations find small acts, take them in, dress them up and market them, not unlike some sort of sex objects. Brings to mind media pop stars and the old addage "Sex sells".

    Maybe I just made this connection because The Futureheads are an Indie Rock band and it seems logical for them to criticize the mainstream recording industry.
    spokmageon June 18, 2007   Link

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