"Retirement" as written by Nicholas Hodgson, Charles Richard Wilson, Nicholas Baines, James Rix and Andrew Robert White....
There are many things that I would be proud of
If I'd only invented them such as the wheel
The washing machine and the tumble dryer
On these inventions
Surely I could retire

I want to retire, no longer required
I want to get by without the man on my back
A tear in my eye with a heart full of pride
I must go out on a high
And tell nobody why

There are many things that I know I could do
If I'd only had wanted to such as create
The perfect tone that everyone would admire
On this creation
Surely I could retire

I want to retire, no longer required
I want to get by without the man on my back
A tear in my eye with a heart full of pride
I must go out on a high
And not to answer to why
I want to retire
Inform the suppliers
I'll leave the party in style
I'm not to be carried out
Without a cloud in the sky
I've got my fingers in pies
A golden watch in my side
Will measure my free time

Now my place in history is surely assured
I will be remembered here forever more
A brand new product in place and a potential buyer
Upon this next transaction surely I could retire

I want to retire, no longer required
I want to get by without the man on my back
A tear in my eye with a heart full of pride
I must go out on a high
And not to answer to why
I want to retire
Inform the suppliers
I'll leave the party in style
I'm not to be carried out
Without a cloud in the sky
I've got my fingers in pies
A golden watch in my side
Will measure my free time


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"Retirement" as written by Charles Richard Wilson Andrew Robert White

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    General CommentI like this song because it appeals to thier audience, since retirement is something that most of us do dream about to a certain extent; but it also applies to the being in a band and "leaving the party in style" - knowing when to quit, basically.
    jaberwokeeon March 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlol yeh the meaning is kinda obvious behind this song to me. "I wish i'd done something really awesome so i didnt have to work anymore"

    it's our sort of society.

    great song
    Shoeliaon May 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think there's also some commentary about how our current culture and society is based on the greed model:.

    "I've got my fingers in pies, A golden watch in my side
    Will measure my free time. Now my place in history is surely assured I will be remembered here forever more, A brand new product in place and a potential buyer
    Upon this next transaction surely I could retire."

    That's a pretty good description of The Man in this song that he's trying to get out from under. We're such a material society, that the 'pull' of riches makes us forget what we do to ourselves, to others and to our cultures with our rampant Affluenza Addiction.

    Plus, it just CRANKS! Great Song with an interesting bit of lyrical commentary on Mo Money, Mo Problems.
    PepperReedon September 13, 2014   Link

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