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Derivatives © Steven Beck 2011

Over yonder, there's a man in a tower
Got some money, and what passes for power;
Flick of his wrist, the lights go out.
Crooks his baby finger and it's bye bye bank account.
He likes to gamble with other people's money,
Calls it managing his risk.
He's got pockets big enough for the whole damn government.
But things aren't really as he thinks they are,
It's all just a house of cards.

House of cards, fell so hard,
Biggest crash the world has ever seen.
The broker lost the heated seats in his limousine.
His eighty million's only worth seventy.
Somehow the king and queen fall out on top,
It's the deuce's money is lost.

Over yonder, couple of jokers in the basement.
Shouldn't be there, but they're part of the foundation.
Built an empire through people buying dreams.
Then they sliced them up and diced them up, sold them all upstream.
Everybody got greedy,
Except some folks were just trying to live a good life.
Those jokers like widespread larceny; it means everyone's got something to hide.
But the deals all stank and the whole thing sank.
Those jokers broke the bank.

House of cards, fell so hard,
Biggest crash the world has seen.
The broker lost the heated seats in his limousine.
His ninety million's only worth eighty.
Somehow the king and queen fall out on top,
It's the deuce's house is lost.

Come on government bail us out; we're too important to fail.
When the taxpayer's money's all doled out,
Make sure our bonus cheques are in the mail.
Oh yes our bonus cheques wilL be in the mail.

Everybody got greedy,
Except some folks were just trying to live a good life.
Those jokers like widespread larceny; it means everyone's got something to hide.
But the deals all stank and the whole thing sank.
Those jokers broke the bank.

House of cards, fell so hard,
Biggest crash the world has seen.
The broker lost the heated seats in his limousine.
His hundred million's only worth ninety.
Somehow the king and queen fall out on top,
It's the deuce's job is
The king and queen fall out on top,
It's the deuce's house is
The king and queen fall out on top,
It's the deuce's savings are lost.

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from Kissing Buddha's Daughter, released December 23, 2011

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