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Owlkat Lyr Req: They're Taking It Away (Ian Robb) (9) Lyr Add: THEY'RE TAKING IT AWAY (Ian Robb) 13 Jan 00

Hi, With the hopeful forgiveness of Ian Robb, the author, here goes with the lyrics for his song...

(Ian Robb) As recorded by Keith Kendrick on "Home Ground" (2008)

CHORUS: Oh, they're takin' it away; they're takin' it away.
They are takin' all the good things, you can hear the people say,
And they'll take it all tomorrow if they don't take it today.
From the poor and sick and helpless, they are takin' it away.

Oh, our government's elected in a democratic way:
Whining at the cost of all the things they have to pay,
And the bully-boys in Bay Street, you can hear the bastards say:
"To hell with paying taxes! Take the safety-net away!" CHORUS

If you're down upon your luck and need to keep the wolf at bay,
Just don't rely on welfare or the dole to pay your way,
For the rich they have decided not another cent to pay.
You can whistle for your supper for they're takin' it away.

And If you're native, black, or Asian, if you're feminist or gay,
If you're just a little different from the most of us today,
And if you want to make your point or if you want to have your say,
You can spit into the wind because they're takin' it away. CHORUS

If you're battered by your husband and you need a place to stay,
You'd best get down upon your knees and quickly learn to pray,
For the women's centre's phone was disconnected yesterday,
And there's no-one left to talk to, now they've taken it away.

If it's ever your misfortune in a hospital to stay,
You'd best not be impatient for a bed on which to lay,
For your health ain't worth the taxes that the healthy have to pay,
And the beds were too expensive, so they've taken them away. CHORUS

There are those who have and those who don't and those who are okay,
And those who understand that fairness is the only way,
But there are those who are so comfortable they look the other way,
And they vote for all the villains who would take it all away.

So if you've health and wealth and wisdom, stop and spare a thought today
For those who don't and those who can't; there is no other way,
Or we might as well give up the ghost and join the USA,
For there won't be any difference when they take it all away. CHORUS


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