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I Am Changing My Name To 'Chrysler'

  • (Tom Paxton)

    I Am Changing My Name To 'Chrysler'
    I am going down to Washington, D.C.
    I will tell some power broker
    What you did for Iacocca
    Would be perfectly acceptable to me
    I am changing my name to 'Chrysler'
    I am leaving for that great receiving line
    And when they hand a million grand out
    I'll be standing with my hand out
    Yes sir, I'll get mine

    Oh the price of gold is rising out of sight
    And the dollar is in sorry shape tonight
    What a dollar used to get us
    Now won't get a head of lettuce
    No the economic forecast isn't bright
    But amidst the clouds I spot a shiny ray
    I begin to glimpse a new and better way
    I've devised a plan of action,
    worked it down to the last fraction
    And I'm going into action here today

    When my creditors come screaming for their dough
    I'll be proud to tell them all where they can go
    They won't have to scream and holler
    They'll be paid to the last dollar
    Where the endless streams of money seem to flow
    I'll be glad to tell them all what they must do
    It's a matter of a simple form or two
    It's not just remuneration,
    it's a liberal education
    Aren't you kind of glad that I'm in debt to you

    Since the first amphibian crawled out of the slime
    We've been struggling in an unrelenting climb
    We were hardly up and walking before money started talking
    And it said that failure is an awful crime
    It's been that way a millennium or two
    Now it seems there is a different point of view
    If you're a corporate Titanic
    and your failure is gigantic
    Down in Congress there's a safety net for you

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  •  [1988:] Written in 1980. (Notes Tom Paxton, 'Politics')

  •  [2000:] Vietnamkrieg und Watergate hatten die Eliten demoralisiert, das Land war wie gelähmt, die Arbeitslosenrate auf zehn Prozent gestiegen, die Inflation betrug 13 Prozent. Die traditionsreichen Industriebetriebe in Detroit, Chicago oder Baltimore produzierten immer weniger Autos, Stahl oder Maschinen. Pleiten häuften sich, der Staat mußte eingreifen, um das Schlimmste zu verhindern. 1979 rettete nur eine Bürgschaft der Regierung in Höhe von 1, 5 Millionen Dollar den Chrysler-Konzern vor dem Bankrott - und damit zehntausende vor der Arbeitslosigkeit. (Mathias Müller von Blumencron & Ulrich Schäfer, Spiegel, 29. Mai)

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