The New Hard Traveling Blues

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What on earth is going on
My paycheck isn't all that small
By the time I meet my obligations
There's hardly nothing left at all
How we gonna put the kids through college
How we gonna pay these doctor bills
I know sometimes the road gets rough
But does it always have to be uphill?

I am of a generation to taste and dream the American dream
But now I bolt upright in bed, with sweaty palms and start to scream
'Cause it's official now, it's been confirmed, I'm not too big to fail
But working folks we've still got choices. Sink or swim or learn to bail
Some times I just want to get into my car and drive
But with the price of gas that's not so smart
Once the streets were paved with gold, now all roads lead straight to Walmart

We're all here in the front row
Of this dogma and pony show
They couldn't say it if it wasn't true
Actually they can and do

The preacher says when times are hard
You've got to put your trust in the hands of God
Banker says when times are hard
You've got to have a little faith in Master Card
Politicians say when times are hard
''' It's not my fault, it's those guys there""
We need to vote those clowns on out of office
Elect someone who really cares
The trouble is, no one cares
Unless you've got the Do Re Mi
Money talks, bullshit walks
And the road is getting kind of slippery
Money talks, the poor folks walk
And the road is getting kind of slippery


(dedicated to the great and sadly late Joe Bageant)

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from Suburban Primative, released April 20, 2012

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