Wall Street Bail Out Blues

by Reggie Miles

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This song was featured in a story by Robert Tomsho that made the cover of The Wall Street Journal on February 6th 2009. His article, about songwriters who have taken on the recession, mentions Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, Tom Paxton and among others, yours truly. His story has drawn international attention to my songwriting and performance pursuits. Not bad for a guy that plays on the street with a guitar made out of garage sale junk!

This epic tale is nothing short of monumental in scope, the greed of the "Haves" versus the need of the "Have-nots." It is the definitive story of our life and times, that has brought our world's economic institutions to the brink of collapse. For those on the short end of this stick the buzz words are recession, depression, homelessness and joblessness on an unprecedented global scale.

If you enjoy this song, there are a couple of live videos of me sharing it on YT. Here's one at the ACT theater in Seattle...

youtu.be/EVxVguWfouA

and here's another captured on Marley Walker's "Blues To Do" show...

youtu.be/zaXjBP-E6_E

lyrics

Wall Street Bail Out Blues by Reggie Miles © 2009

Everybody's talkin' 'bout
The economic downturn
Who's getting' bailed out
And who's gonna get burned

Wall Street millionaire
Vultures comin' home to roost
They want more corporate welfare
To pad their golden parachutes

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
Bear Stearns and AIG
A blank check is all they lack
For their next spending spree

Everybody's frettin' 'bout
The stock market crashin' down
Who's gonna get a handout
And who they're gonna let drown

Fat cats with hats in hand
Swimmin' in toxic debt
A little help is all they ask
And, 700 billion should just about cover it

They're cryin' help us Main Street
Our market shares are fallin' fast
You may be losin' your house next week
But we're all about to lose our ass

Everybody's bloggin' 'bout
That 2008 recession
It’s a who’s who of who's lost everything
And who's gonna get possession

They want cheap cash to make it right
To fuel their speculation
Free from any oversight
And any regulation

We all know who the real losers are
You can see them very clear
No, you don't have to look so far
Just check out any mirror

Everybody's freakin' 'bout
That credit crunch crisis
Who's down for the count
And who's going to survive this

Welcome to your plutocracy
Government by and for the rich
Who made this mess for all to see
Thank George that S-O-B and the GOP

Will the greedy kings of Wall Street
Run out of credit this time
Or will they keep panhandlin' Main Street
Hey buddy can you spare a dime

Everybody's worried 'bout
Our financial situation
But I guess it don't apply to me
In my present occupation

When you ain't got nothin'
There's nothin' left to lose
That's why I'm sittin' here on Main Street
Singin' these Wall Street bail out blues

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released April 1, 2009
Written, composed, arranged and performed by Reggie Miles

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Reggie Miles Seattle, Washington

A Folk/Blues artist from the US Pacific Northwest
A Songwriter, Singer, Storyteller, Slide Guitarist & Sawplayer
Earthy vocals, resophonic guitar bottleneckin’ and the rhythmic moans of harmonica combine while foot stompin’ abounds.
Turns recycled trash into "Nobro" resophonic guitars.
An award winning songwriter, composer, recording and performance artist
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