"Rich Folks Hoax" as written by and Sixto Diaz Rodriguez....
The moon is hanging in the purple sky
The baby's sleeping while its mother sighs
Talking 'bout the rich folks
Rich folks have the same jokes
And they park in basic places

The priest is preaching from a shallow grave
He counts his money, then he paints you saved
Talking to the young folks
Young folks share the same jokes
But they meet in older places

So don't tell me about your success
Nor your recipes for my happiness
Smoke in bed
I'm never could digest
Those illusions you claim to have going

The sun is shining, as it's always done
Coffin dust is the fate of everyone
Talking 'bout the rich folks
The poor create the rich hoax
And only late breast-fed fools believe it

So don't tell me about your success
Nor your recipes for my happiness
Smoke in bed
I'm never could digest
Those illusions you claim to have going


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"Rich Folks Hoax" as written by Sixto Diaz Rodriguez

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    General Commentoh come on, NO comments?
    TheMackon May 17, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI get the "core" message of this fantastic song, which is:

    "So don't tell me about your success
    Nor your recipes for my happiness
    Smoke in bed
    I never could digest
    Those illusions you claim to have going"

    The idea of following the rich people's advice on how to be successful and happy like them is a liberal hoax, an illusion.

    "The poor create the rich hoax
    And only late breast-fed fools believe it"
    The rich did not create their own happiness and can take no credit for it or give any advice what so ever, becaus the poor created their wealth and happiness by their work or, and/or by getting a cold hand from society (tax cuts for the rich, privatisations and downsizing of the public sector). The poor pay the price of misery for the propriety of the rich. The American dream is but a dream. How can anyone NOT see that it's an illusion that if you work hard enough, follow the advice, you'll be like them?

    "The sun is shining, as it's always done
    Coffin dust is the fate of everyone"
    We're all just human beings, and no material or symbolic wealth can change that when we die. The moon hangs in a purple sky, the sun shines like it's always done – these elements give a feeling of eternity, the things that we're equal under. It's our soeciety that makes us unequal.

    Some parts are a bit unclear and more difficult to interpret:

    "Rich folks have the same jokes
    And they park in basic places"
    Could this mean: Rich folks may live fancy lives and have fancy cars, but they still have to park their cars like everyone else? At the end of the day it's just a transportation, and we're all humans, it's whent he rich have to park their cars and do other basic things that this fact is exposed?

    The jokes could mean the same thing; the rich joke just like everyone else once in a while.

    But a more interesting interpretation would be that they [the rich] "have jokes" that they spread to "young folks" (every new generation of all classes, races etc.) who "share the same jokes", created by the rich, i.e. the illussions, the big hoax. The young come as "new fresh" humans to the world, apparently with freedom of choice and responsible for their own success. But the world they're in, and the places where they were born and where they live are not like a blank paper full of free opportunities for the individual. They come to a pre-fabricated world order and a class society, and they meet each other in "older places" affected by what's pre-fabricated.

    Other interpretations? Anyone?
    androsgon May 22, 2014   Link
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    General Comment..And they park in basic places.." - end up in grave anyway?
    boldyon July 31, 2016   Link
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    General CommentAlso
    Young folks share the same jokes(="erroneous political ideas")
    But they meet in older places (older places = "churches" , non important difference taking into account they completely lost in their "jokes")
    boldyon July 31, 2016   Link

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