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Owlkat Lyr Req: They're Taking It Away (Ian Robb) (9) They're Taking It Away 02 May 01

Hi, Well in the midst of wrangling about non-irritating this and that and political crap, here's some lyrics I hope Ian Robb wouldn't mind being shared. I've been singing it for a while and trying to memorize it. It can be found on his album "Necessary Angels"....

by Ian Robb

Oh, they're taking it away,
yes they're taking it away
They are taking 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 taking it away.

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

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've taken it away

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
If you want to make your point or if you want to have your way
You can spit into the wind for they have taken it away

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

Oh there's those that have and those that don't and those that are okay
And there's those who understand that fairness is the only way
But there's those that 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

Bay Street is the Toronto equivalent of New York's Wall street.

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