Money River

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You’ve heard of that old money river
that carries the wealth of the world
and bears up the weight
of the great ships of state
that sail with their banners unfurled
but for all the great vessels
that plough her
yet few are the charts or the maps
and fewer still know
where her currents may flow
nor all of her snags or her traps

Ch: She’s wide and she’s green
and she’s rollin
she flows through the heart of the land
so take me down to that money river
and put a big straw in my hand
There are other streams
running beside her
some swifter some fairer by far
but none of them leap
so full and so deep
nor hold all her strength and her power
for the stocks and the bonds
are but freshets
and the goods and the services too
for she is the flood
that brings fortune like blood
to cities the whole nation thru (ch)

Oh oh that old money river
reach me a straw
teach me to draw
oh oh money river
put a big straw in my hand
Now those who have conquered
this river
won’t willingly tell what they’ve found
and they do as they like
with the dam drain and dyke
leaving deserts
and settlements drowned
but speak kindly
and one may approach you
motion silence and beckon you near
then hand you a straw
and say fill up your craw
but don’t slurp
or the poor folks might hear (ch)


from You And What Army?, released May 25, 2015


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Thaddeus Spae Seattle, Washington

A 40-year veteran of the Folk Wars, Thaddeus Spae has played venues from Tipitina's to the EMP. He's an award-winning songwriter whose works range from quirky to literate, guardedly sentimental to outraged and sarcastic, performed on a panoply of instruments acoustic and electric, in a profligate variety of styles encompassing folk, hard rock, jazz, blues, electronic and more. Website: ... more

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