"The Complete Banker" as written by and Neil Hannon....
Can anyone lend me ten billion quid?
Why do you look so glum, was it something I did?
So I caused the second great depression, what can I say?
I guess I got a bit carried away
If I say I'm sorry, will you give me the money?

But you know me, the complete banker
In a black Bentley, sweet Samantha right here next to me
Oh, how I hanker for the good old days
When I was free, the complete banker
In my Armani, before the rancour and disharmony
Well money makes the world go round and round
and down the drain

We went to war on the floor of the exchange
To all of us it was just a big game
But God I loved it: making a profit from somebody's loss
I never knew exactly whose money it was
And I did not care as long as there was

Lots for me, the complete banker
In a black Bentley, sweet Samantha right here next to me
Oh, how I hanker for the good old days
When I was free, the complete banker
In my Armani, before the anger and the inquiries
Well money makes the world go round and round
and down the drain

We'll learn the lessons, run tests and analyze
We'll crunch the numbers, 'cause the numbers never lie
Well maybe this recession is a blessing in disguise
We can build a much much bigger bubble the next time
And leave the rest to clean our mess up

Well that's just me, the complete banker
In a black Bentley, Margaret Thatcher right here next to me
Oh, how I hanker for the good old days
When I was free and a complete banker
I'm a conscience free, malignant cancer on society
And one day you'll let your guard down
And I'll come 'round again


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"The Complete Banker" as written by Neil Hannon

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    General CommentThink I've got the lyrics down quite well, shouldn't be a lot of errors there.

    As far as meaning goes,I think this song is pretty obvious. Good ol' socialist music!
    Stvafelon June 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWell maybe this recession is a blessing in *disguise

    To* all of us it was just a big game

    I'm a* conscience free, malignant cancer on society
    Andolusiaon June 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWell put.

    One of their best songs.

    "So I caused the second great depression, what can I say?
    I guess I got a bit carried away
    If I say I'm sorry, will you give me the money?"

    It sums up what happened really.
    redtap108on July 07, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI think Samantha and Margaret Thatcher are supposed to be "riding next to me," rather than "right here next to me" - he's in a black Bentley, after all. Also, the final "when I was free" sounds more like "well that was me," or at least what I'm hearing.

    I could be wrong...
    Smashyon October 04, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it could be referencing David Cameron, since his wife is called Samantha and obviously he is a conservative like Margaret Thatcher was and the song is about capitalists, which the conservatives could be accused of being. Just my thought on it there.
    nintyking64on November 29, 2010   Link

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