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Strawman

Lou Reed
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We who have so much
to you who have so little
to you who don’t have anything at all
We who have so much
more than any one man does need
and you who don’t have anything at all, ah
Does anybody need
another million dollar movie?
does anybody need
another million dollar star?
Does anybody need
to be told over and over
spitting in the wind
comes back at you twice as hard

Strawman, going straight to the devil
strawman, going straight to hell
Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman
strawman
Strawman
strawman, yes

Does anyone really need
a billion dollar rocket?
does anyone need
a 60,000 dollars car?
Does anyone need
another president?
or the sins of Swaggart parts 6, 7, 8 and 9? (*)
Does anyone need
yet another politician
caught with his pants down
and money sticking in his hole
Does anyone need
another racist preacher?
spittin’ in the wind can only do you harm

Strawman, going straight to the devil
strawman, going straight to hell
Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman
strawman
Strawman
strawman

Does anyone need
another faulty shuttle
blasting off to the moon, Venus or Mars?
Does anybody need
another self-righteous rock singer
whose nose he says has led him
straight to God?
Does anyone need
yet another blank skyscraper?
if you’re like me I’m sure
a minor miracle will do
A flaming sword or maybe a gold ark
floating up the Hudson
when you spit in the wind
it comes right back at you

Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman, going straight to hell
Strawman, going to the devil
Strawman, strawman
strawman, …., ah
Strawman
(*) Il riferimento è a Jimmy Swaggart, il pioniere del "televangelismo", il predicatore che predicava bene e razzolava male: all'epoca dell'album di Reed si era appena fatto beccare tra le cosce di una prostituta, e la cosa gli sarebbe poi ricapitata. Nonostante i (e grazie ai) ripetuti scandali, Swaggart fece un sacco di soldi...


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