"To Have And To Have Not" as written by and Billy Bragg....
Up in the morning and out to school
Mother says there be no work next year
Qualifications once the Golden Rule
Are now just pieces of paper

Just because you're better than me
Doesn't mean I'm lazy
Just because you're going forwards
Doesn't mean I'm going backwards

Well if you look the part well then you'll get the job
In last year's trousers and your old school shoes
The truth is son it's a buyer's market
They can afford to pick and choose

Just because you're better than me
Doesn't mean I'm a lazy
Just because that I dress like this
Doesn't mean I'm a Communist

Well the factories are closing and the army's full
I don't know what I'm going to do
But I've come to see in the land of the free
There's only room for a chosen few

Just because you're better than me
Doesn't mean I'm a lazy
Just because you're going forwards
Doesn't mean I'm going backwards

Well at 21 you're a top of the scrap heap
At 16 you were top of your class
Well I dropped outta high school in Campbell, California
Got a guitar and I never looked back

Just because you're better than me
Doesn't mean I'm a lazy
Just because that I dress like this
Doesn't mean I'm a Communist



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"To Have and to Have Not" as written by Billy Bragg

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    General Commentit just kicks ass.. and i like the chorus alot its really cool
    xruinlessxslavexon February 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgreat song
    thesneeon April 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentexcellent song and the only good video i have seen in years.
    INyearsTOcomeon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWho the fuck is the unkown bastard again, i used to know, from what i heard yes he is in another band, but i went braindead.... help anyone?!
    jesssicaon May 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHey, jesssica, he's from Rancid.
    shyheidion May 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBut okay, he doesn't say "There's only room or a dozen few", he says "there's only room for a chosen few".
    And... the "quantifications once the golden rule" line, I swear he says "qualifications something the golden rule"... I don't know what goes in the "something" part cause there's a blip in my copy of the song right there, and all the lyrics I can find say the same thing as this one. If anyone knows, please help.
    shyheidion May 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentshyheidi, all i remember is that he WASN'T from rancid. but hey, i don't know, i will have to ask my friend who told me who it was next time i see him
    jesssicaon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentah yes! it's all comin back to me!! but i don't know for sure.. but i think it's the forgottens roadie or someone from the infamous crew, the skunx. ahh i dunno.
    jesssicaon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentim pretty sure - almost positive - he IS from rancid. & shyheidi... the qualifications line is correct.
    Madame Meon June 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno he definitly CAN NOT BE FROM RANCID, tim armstrong produced it and played quitar for just one song (subteranien) and Lars is already the frontman of the bastards. That leaves Brett the drummer or matt freman the bass player--- the unknown bastard plays guitar. so that logicly makes the unknown basterd NOT from rancid

    i think its better that hes left unknown
    faultyupstarton June 08, 2002   Link

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