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The Jolly Banker

Originally by Woody Guthrie, this cover version by Wilco is darned good … and the lyrics are pretty interesting too.

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The Jolly Banker

My name is Tom Cranker and I'm a jolly banker,
I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.
I safeguard the farmers and widows and orphans,
Singin' I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.

When dust storms are sailing, and crops they are failing,
I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.
I check up your shortage and bring down your mortgage,
Singin' I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.

When money you're needing, and mouths you are feeding,
I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.
I'll plaster your home with a furniture loan,
Singin' I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.

If you show me you need it, I'll let you have credit,
I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.
Just bring me back two for the one I lend you,
Singin' I'm jolly banker, jolly banker am I.

When your car you're losin', and sadly your cruisin',
I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.
I'll come and forclose, get your car and your clothes,
Singin' I'm jolly banker, jolly banker am I.

When the bugs get your cotton, the times they are rotten,
I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.
I'll come down and help you, I'll rake you and scalp you,
Singin' I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.

When the landlords abuse you, or sadly misuse you,
I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.
I'll send down the police chief to keep you from mischief,
Singin' I'm a jolly banker, jolly banker am I.

 

HT @Ian_Fraser

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  • tonyw

    Coming back to the present, over at the Oscars best documentary winner Charles Ferguson notes nobody has served jail time for financial meltdown three years after massive fraud. So send down the police chief but he’s going the wrong way.
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/inside-job-best-documentary-oscar-winner-notes-nobody-has-served-jail-time-for-financial-meltdown/
    Inside job, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.
    Yes, of course you can watch the trailer on YouTube, a plethora of stars Bare Sterns, Gold in sacks, Doctor Doom Roubini, Break the bank Soros, sue them Stiglitz, Tett of FT “there’s nothing we can believe in anymore”. There’s even a guy called Matt Damon