Glorious Opportunity To Get Rich!!! -- We are starting a cat ranch in Lacon
with 100,000 cats. Each cat will average 12 kittens a year. The cat skins will
sell for 30 cents each. One hundred men can skin 5,000 cats a day. We figure a
daily net profit of over $10,000. Now what shall we feed the cats? We will
start a rat farm next door with 1,000,000 rats. The rats breed 12
times faster than the cats. So we will have four rats to feed each day to each
cat. Now what shall we feed the rats? We will feed the rats the carcasses of
the cats after they have been skinned.

Now Get This! We feed the rats to the cats and the cats to the rats and get the
cat skins for nothing! We feed the rats to the cats and the cats to the rats
and get the cat skins for nothing! We feed the rats to the cats and the cats to
the rats and get the cat skins for nothing!


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    General CommentThis track comes right out of nowhere, something totally unexpected. I love it. It's on the Zen Arcade album, so I guess the guy who runs away from his home life saw a "get rich quick" ad that sounded like this one.
    robertretro86on May 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics to this song come (almost) verbatim from the low-budget exploitation film MANIAC (1934) which was a favorite on the cult movie circuit from the 60s through the 80s.

    You can check it out here...

    imdb.com/title/tt0025465/

    (Note that, at the time of this posting, the Husker Du song in question is mentioned on the discussion board)

    Ironically, a friend of mine saw the film and described the scene involving the cat-skinning pitch to me only a couple of weeks after NEW DAY RISING was released. I immediately responded that there was a song he needed to hear!
    RogerRyanon August 08, 2011   Link

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