Five from 100,000, picked from the nation,
Being told hard work and dedication,
Is the key to success.
But now that we own you,
New names, identities,
False sense of security,
You just have to do what we say.
You have to do it our way.

You may not like it,
But you have to do it anyway,
Just smile dance and wave,
Remember we're in control.
You do what you're told.

I don't think you've got ideas,
Told what to say and wear.
I don't think you realise,
The extent of exploition.

Media attention,
Public acceptance,
Front-page headline news,
Remember we're the ones,
Who brought you here.
We can make it all disappear.

Stand in line for the next promotion.
Prove yourself - hard work, devotion.
You, it won't pay of for you.
(Remember we're in control)

Realising my situation,
Trapped by the fear and the consternation.
You...It won't pay off for you.
(Remember we're in control)

We're in control,
Taking what we give to you.
We brought you here...
...And we can make it all disappear.

Lyrics submitted by MintyMintyMinty

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