lyrics: downside up

Downside up
 
 
Two kids in a park
sit at two ends of a board
up and down off the ground
see the seesaw bounce
it’s not a mystery
once you’ve seen it before
it’s old history
of the rich and the poor
 
See it’s the principle
of how to launch off a wave 
like a sailboat tacking
against the winds of change
 
The masses crash
as their assets collapse
but kings hold cash
and bear market contracts
 
Listen someone’s got to own
all the property foreclosing
But a king is patient
buying only when the blood is flowing
 
through the red streets
not till a panic is over
and all the dust has settled
and the manic are broken
 
and bankrupt
hey I’m just telling you the truth
if you don’t like it
you can complain till you’re blue
but the truth is the truth is the truth is what’s true
 
See it’s the principle
of how to launch off a wave 
like a sailboat tacking
against the winds of change
 
Yes it’s the principle
of how to launch off a wave 
like a sailboat tacking
against the winds of change

 

Two gamblers in a park
sit at two ends of a gameboard
up and down off the ground
see the seesaw bounce
it’s not a mystery
once you’ve seen it before
it’s old history
of the rich and the poor
  
The masses crash- upside down on their gambling debts
while kings hold cash (or better)
and hedge their bets
 
It’s a deflation 
AKA a credit crunch 
and some will starve
waiting for their next free lunch
cause they’re bad gamblers
in denial of their speculations
and full of desperate hope
for political salvations
 
but is someone going to bail out
that average taxpayer
you may be a dreamer
if you think friendly central bankers will save ya
wake up
and smell the corpses in the streets
New kings are rising
American dreamers are capsizing
and the economies of Asia
are quietly ripening  
 
Yes it’s the principle
of how to launch off a wave 
like a sailboat tacking
against the winds of change
 
The west is rich
and the east is poor
but that can change
you know it has before
 
See it’s the principle
of how to launch off a wave 
like a sailboat tacking
against the winds of change 
 
 
Two nations trading in debt
sit on two sides facing war
back and forth the bench swings
till the lenders’ judge rules
(in the favor always of the IMF court) 
 
So, by the way, no
this is not about fairness or justice
those ideas are for the vain
who already have their full rewards:
 
See, they got lots of blame
and worship stories of betrayal
they play to be the biggest victims
as they name lots of villains
 
But I’ve been upside down
and now I’m downside up
I was naive- look, resentment
only hurt my own feelings
(and right there…
may be your only justice!)
 
Key to seesaw games is
to know when to get off
if you reach out when you’re high
you’d find a new bridge to cross 
 
See, this is the principle
of how to launch off a crashing wave 
like a sailboat gliding
behind are winds of change
 
The west was rich
and the east was poor
but that could change, right
who knows if it has before?

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