"Simple Economics" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
The volunteers were tired
Heads were hanging low
The news had spoiled their appetite
For stuffing envelopes
Twelve points was an awful lot
To be down in the polls
With only two weeks to go
Shouldering the phone
Loosening his tie
His running mate on pricks and pins
Hovering beside
The candidate wrote furiously
As if to save his life
Then hung up the phone
And spoke with great conviction
When you're nothing but a boyfriend
Dangling by a thread
Keep in mind the bottom line
Diamonds are a girl's best friend

Inches from the goal
One thing on his mind
To get behind her desk and make
Some big decisions
Power can be such a tease
You're always wanting more
It's good to know that just like sex
It can be paid for


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"Simple Economics" as written by David Shannon Bazan

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    General CommentI love Pedro the Lion. they're so deep and spiritual... yet that was kinda about sex so I dont know what I'm talking about. his other songs are better.
    Timberwolves at NJon June 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHey everyone look at my comments under "Mind Of her Own" not "A Mind of her Own". It explains what the whole "Winners Never Quit" CD is about. The Whole cd is a story where each song explains a part of the story. It is christian. I promise. The "Whole" ep does the same thing in that it tells a story of David Bazan's Life and addiction to drugs but repents and is forgiven!!
    tobenut85on June 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentits so great......im crying
    dr.jacobon June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually, David was never addicted to drugs. He said so himself.

    But it's still a great album.
    Pilchardon September 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I like how the lines "when you're nothing but a boyfriend/dangling by a thread/keep in mind the bottom line/diamonds are a girls's best friend" ties in with the last line "it's good to know that just like sex it can be paid for."

    Bad politician. Bad.
    sscw46on March 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commentdear tobenut85,
    most of the songs that David writes are fictional, thats right they are stories. but he is a very convincing story teller so I can see how you would think that "Winners Never Quit" was about David. If they were about him, then he would most likely be in jail for killing someone right now (never leave the job half done) and drunk driving (to protect the family name).
    PedroFan0001on April 24, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthmm dear everybody what is this song about?? im tad confuzzled by it thanks
    churchclotheson May 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentpedro is the best
    berniceon July 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentDavid is showing the parallels between being a politician and being a boyfriend.

    He's saying that if you're just behind in the polls, or if you're doing badly with your girlfriend, money can always fix the situation.

    The closer your get to the goal, that is the only thing that occupies your mind. When he says that power is such a tease, it's clear that he's imply that girls can be teases as well, and you're always wanting more of both: power and sex.

    Cynically, he shows that money can not only win you the position behind a desk (the goal of the politician), but it can win over your girlfriend for sex (the goal of a boyfriend).

    I just bought the CD and I noticed this. PTL is here on July 9th and I'm going to make sure I don't miss it.
    Lightbluenesson June 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentLIGHTBLUENESS- you opened up a new possible meaning for this song, but i just keep getting tied up at the whole

    "One thing on HIS mind
    To get behind HER desk and make some big decisions"

    who is he? and who is she? and why is HE getting behind HER desk?
    lerinjerinon June 03, 2008   Link

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