"Age Of Greed" as written by Jeremy Coleman, Kevin Walker and Martin Clive Atkins....
Ten percent of the rest
Is the hand that pulls the strings
Be the privileged few (to have to own to hold)
Power over the people yes yes
Power over people
Be the privileged few to have to own to hold

Money property assets before lives
Green gestures of a dying planet
An endless debate only too late
An appetite for gluttony

The only way is up the only way is up
But when you are up you have to try and stay there
So you stamp and cheat on people
Champagne breakfast (rewards for the killing)
And a fat waist bulging
Indulging, with what you call good living

But most of all there is too much fat on your heart - pig
A lifestyle of cholesterol
Cross collateralized cholesterol
Saving what's left from profit margin
For what?
I'll tell you what for
For some conscience easing charity, why?
Just to justify!
Just to justify!

Look at this utopia
Society based on solid foundations
Educate our children, educate them well
To feather the nest and fuck the rest
(Yes yes feather the nest and fuck the rest)
The waste expands
(Your waist expands)
While others stand at the back of the queue
I mean you

Still the same old security
For your creature comforts
Exchanging the hours of your life
For the cash you've already spent
Eating rubbish so you can pay the rent
Table wine once a week if you're lucky
In comparison

Privatize the people's lives
Be part of the company (or fade!)
Appliance of science to privatize their lives

Water is our business
Electricity is our business
Gas is our business
Lives are our business
Business is our business

Your money, my time
Your stinking industrial bathwater, my wine
Imbalance induces hate
How will you bridge the gap
Between the endless buffet
And the empty plate I have

I feel hate I feel hate
I feel hate I feel hate
(Don't be afraid to show your hate, hate!)

You just treat me like a commodity
You didn't know I couldn't even afford to feed my family
I just want to kill
I just want to take a gun
And put it to your head
And pull the trigger


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"Age of Greed" as written by Kevin Walker Jeremy Coleman

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    General CommentJaz Coleman sings this with sheer ferocity, spitting out every bitter word. You can tell this comes straight from the heart. One of my favourite Killing Joke tracks.
    Urban Cannibalon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA rant about the way Thatcher and Regan destroyed society, leaving everyone to fether their own nest and f(&k the rest!
    Blackhawk1989on February 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about greed. How the rich could care less about those below them (economically and class wise). No balance ("imbalance induces hate, how will you bridge the gap, between the endless buffets and the empty plate I have....I feel hate") and a trigger for someone to react. Also goes into a dream/fantasy as to how it would be for the rich to be poor. Can you feel it? Does it matter to you now (with the wealth)? Have you learned? No! And express yourself, never hold back (DON'T BE AFRAID TO SHOW YOUR HATE....HATE!!!!)
    One of Killing Jokes most angry songs. I wish it was still on their set list. It should be a staple. You have to feel something when listening to this song (and knowing the lyrics)....no matter where you stand.
    thexon March 27, 2013   Link

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