Political Prisoners

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Written a couple of years ago, this track is now more relevant than ever. With a Tory government hell bent on privatisation of all our public services, and cosied up in bed with big business, it's up to us to take back our power and hold them to account.

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Nothing's free in this world these days except the market
I say that's wrong well you say I'm anarchic
And maybe I am in the sense that I feel that my government's failed me, I get
So irate when I see the rate
At which the government is busy selling off the state
And with the cash they make well they invest in the vested interests of businesses on the take

But it's all I know
And all I see
In every show
On my TV
That if I don't
I don't succeed
Well I might as well not be

You can show me a graph on a slide projector
Giving all the goals of the private sector
Tell me they seem nice guys and I'll say great
So did Hannibal Lector
You tell me the money trickles down
What do you take me for some kind of stupid clown
Cos it's clear to me that the money trickles up
From the sweat and the blood of the workers living
down there in the mud, so

Who's their protector now
That the governments have all learned to kow tow,
Bow down to the ground at the feet of business
Self-made political prisoners
Who's their protector now
That the governments have all learned to kow tow,
Bow down to the ground at the feet of business

Yeah but it's all I know
And all I see
In every show
On my TV
That if I don't
I don't succed
Well I might as well not be

I bought my clothes in a supermarket
I couldn't believe what a fucking bargain
They've gotta be made by a kid in Bangladesh
To maintain that profit margin
You tell me the money trickles down
What do you take me for some kind of stupid clown
Cos it's clear to me that the money trickles up
From the sweat and the blood of the workers living
down here in the mud, so

Who's their protector now
That the governments have all learned to kow tow,
Bow down to the ground at the feet of business
Self-made political prisoners
Who's their protector now
That the governments have all learned to kow tow,
Bow down to the ground at the feet of business

Yeah but it's all I know
And all I see
In every show
On my TV
That if I don't
I don't succeed
Well I might as well
said I might as well not be

credits

from Why We Fight E​.​P., released May 24, 2011
Written by Billy Salisbury.
Guitar and Vocals - Billy Salisbury
Keys - Andreas Millns
Bass - Alex Crane
Drum programming - Billy Salisbury & Alex Crane

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The Undercover Hippy is actually UK based singer-songwriter Billy Rowan. After 7 years spent DJ’ing and MC’ing on the Drum & Bass circuit, Billy ditched the decks for a guitar and started out as a solo act in 2007. He now plays with a 5 piece band, bringing together, keys, drums, bass, congas and backing vocals to create a high energy, interactive and highly entertaining live show. ... more

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