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lyrics

Hey there, corporate man
Liquidating main street
Squeezing what you can from this old town
Raiding pension plans
Privatizing shoreline
All that I built, you’re tearing it down

Once I had a trade and plenty opportunity
Paid for public schools and played on the team
You stayed in your skybox bubble of immunity
Livin’ the dream I only can dream

’Cause when you got enough, you wanted more
Came the rainy day, you sold the store
You floated payday loans until I sank
Broke my spirit, then you broke the bank

You built your mega-mansion, shut the gate
For everybody else, tough luck, too late
Now you simply make the markets swing,
So, brother, can you spare a di-amond ring?

Hey there, mister big
Monetizing down time
Rigging every game to zero sum
You say if I complain
I’m asking for a class war
Aren’t you the guy who’s beating that drum?

First you make believe it’s morning in America
Trickin’ me into a trickle down try
Then you steal the backstop where the buck used to stop
My piece of the pie is pie in the sky, pie in the sky

Now I’m just your lowly discount clerk
You’re teaching me the value of hard work
You’re the job negator, you’re the boss
If you make a profit, that’s my loss

If I gripe about the wage I earn
You say there’s plenty more who’d take my turn
And everywhere I look, you pull the string
Well, brother, can you spare a diamond ring?
When did someone die and make you king?
Brother, can you spare a di-amond ring?

So lock me up in jail or send me off to war
Outsource my job and move your firm offshore
You can’t disguise the prize you’re working for
Is a government that doesn’t govern anymore

’Cause you’re a rebel, livin' to the max
You don’t wanna pay no income tax
Other people’s problems are a pain
I signal, you don’t let me in your lane

Well, you can’t hide behind that tinted glass
I am your worst nightmare come to pass
And you think you don’t owe me anything
Well, brother can you spare a diamond ring!
Your first world problem’s gonna sting
And, brother can you spare a diamond ring!
Brother, can you spare a diamond ring!
Brother, can you spare a di-amond ring!

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from Pay Attention, released July 1, 2015
Brian Woodbury: vocals, guitars, bass; David Witham: piano; Andy Sanesi: drums & percussion. Written & arranged by Brian Woodbury.

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Brian Woodbury Los Angeles, California

Brian Woodbury is a Los Angeles composer, lyricist and bandleader who writes musicals, post-modern jazz compositions, quirky pop, country songs and music for children's TV.

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