Let the record show
It's 1964
In the city of New York.
Take the train to Queens
And meet a Jewish family --
He's the youngest one of three.

His brothers have left home
And he's on the same road,
Just a credit shy of a diploma.

But he wants to represent
The struggling-with-rent,
But he can't live on both sides of the fence.

So he continues to insist
That he's no champagne socialist.

And he's not coming back.
After studying the facts,
He knows of all the problems of the past.

But he's quick to concede
That in order to proceed,
We can't just keep on preaching what we need.

To become a working man
Is to live and work with them,
And this is something you can't pretend.


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    General Commentgood band, good song. The meaning is pretty clear from the lyrics

    corrected:
    Let the record show
    It's 1964, in the city of New York
    take the train to Queens
    And meet a Jewish family

    He's the youngest boy of three
    his brothers have left home
    And he's on the same rope
    Just a credit shy of a diploma

    But he wants to represent
    The struggling-with-rent
    But he can't live on both sides of the fence
    So he continues to insist that he's no champagne socialist

    And he's not coming back
    After studying the facts
    He knows of all the problems of the past

    And he's quick to concede
    That in order to proceed
    We can't just keep on preaching what we need

    To become a working man (one of them)
    Is to live and work with them
    And this is something you can't pretend
    So he continues to insist that he's no champagne socialist

    (That he's no champagne socialist)
    (He's no champagne socialist)
    kjeskeon February 21, 2009   Link

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