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#SeptemberSongs Day 29 – Rigs of the times

another great song this. I learned it from Bellowhead’s simply spectacular version on their ‘Burlesque’ CD.

‘Rigs’ in this song means cheats or lies and the song talks about some of the dishonest practices going on at the time (more info).

The only problem is that the ‘Rigs of the times’ in the song are not really relevant any more so, as well as the original, I’ve recorded an updated version with some new takes on those old problems.

Enjoy!

Lyrics: from memory
Takes: 1 each

Old version:

Download: 29 Rigs of the times (old)

New version:

Download: 29 Rigs of the times (new)

Lyrics

Those industrial bakers I must bring them in
Pack their bread full of chemicals and think it no sin
“Baked fresh on the premises”, that’s what they say
when it was made in a factory hours away
Honesty’s all out of fashion
These are the rigs of the times, times my boys
These are the rigs of the times.

Those big supermarkets I must bring them in
Selling horse meat as beef and they’ll think it no sin
Fill their bacon with water, their sausages with rind
If it makes them more money they really don’t mind
Honesty’s all out of fashion…

Here’s to the ad-men who sell us their lies
And to the loan sharks who gather like flies
if their profits get bigger they really don’t care
It’s no wonder we’ve reason to curse and to swear
Honesty’s all out of fashion…

The simplest solution the people could find
Was to scoop them all up in a strong gale of wind
And the winds they will blow and the clouds they will burst
And the biggest old rascal come tumbling down first
Honesty’s all out of fashion…

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One response »

  1. Tara did an album with this title which includes it as well, along with things like The Chemical Workers, and a version of The Spanish Lady called Madam I’m a Darling…. Link: http://youtu.be/5zPXJkCb0bw

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