You know I come from the time when every other bore
Felt the need to pretend they'd seen it all before
Even babies in prams were jaded and blasé
Because the powers that be would make it all okay
And even all of the lefties that I used to know
Couldn't really be bothered to have a go
A stray across the fence to make you interesting
A little self-exploration seemed to be the thing
To do before you grow up
You know, I just couldn't eat as much
As I'd like to throw up

A fat automaton told us that people should
Keep their little heads down just for their own good
Then there came the idea that everything should be
A little bit more like Chile 1973
Some familiar image I remember well
A bunch of jollies applauding the closing bell
I never quite understood how that could be such fun
To say it in the words of Max Liebermann
As the Nazis rolled up
You know I just couldn't eat as much
As I'd like to throw up

For the clothes that you wear, for the car you drive
Some insolent insurgent has been boiled alive
They have cut down a forest for the food you eat
They have flooed Arcadia for your light and heat
All the asthmatics in China will choke for you
But in a way that's okay 'cause they're not broke like you
As they leap from the windows of their factories
Just who was it that promised that "work makes free"
And how come they won't swap?
You know I just couldn't eat as much
As I'd like to throw up

While the dame gathers praise for how well she plays
The reptilian despot with a human face
The telegenic historian finds a cheerful side
To the hoary old stories of genocide
Now the band's all tuned up they will make their pitch
To the sceptical jury of the super rich
Who think they're sophisticated, 'cause they've read The Prince
Once they've made quite enough to have themselves convinced
They never know where to stop
You know I just couldn't eat as much
As I'd like to throw up

And as our journey broke off at the first glimpse of snow
We went to look for a room not knowing where to go
The road led into the dark in a generous bend
Built for generous speeds we now can't comprehend
My cheeks froze up in a grin in the icy breeze
As my bloated bag dangled round my shaking knees
I felt the bite of the handle in my finger flesh
I felt our earthly possessions poking through the mesh
The cavalry never showed up
You know I just couldn't eat as much
As I'd like to throw up


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