Elliott Murphy

What The F*

Elliott Murphy
Photo: Willie Dumalin

I've got a new song called "What the Fuck is going on" and please excuse my French but the title came to me in a raging vision while I was watching the economic news on CNN the other day with stories about lots of folks losing their houses while a few others take multi-million dollar bonuses. I'm sure my reaction was not unique and the outrage seems to be shared by nearly everyone … who is not getting a multi-million dollar bonus this year, that is. Anyway, we started playing the song at shows about a month ago and now there seems to be some kind of ground-swell going on and a few live versions are appearing on YouTube and other places. I've still got to make a definitive recording and we might do that in NYC when I arrive later this month with the Normandy All Stars. Anyway, in case anyone is interested here are the lyrics:

Everyday I got the blues - I don't want to say it
But when I watch the news - I say what the fuck …
What the fuck is going on
The economy is starting to crash - They say there's a crisis
Of credit and cash - While the bankers and brokers
Take the money and run
But where do we go? - All the fools like me
Who are working hard - To raise a family
They tell me to invest - But it always goes down
Till I'm left with nothing - Except that sucking sound

That's the sound of the hole - Where my money goes
And the billionaires - If you think they care
Then you believe in Santa Claus
The Easter Bunny and the check's in the mail
There's something wrong here - And I don't know what
And I can't fix it - But this feeling in my gut
Says there's one big Ponzi Scheme
Being played on us all over the world
They're throwing us crumbs - Telling us to be proud
To be part of this system - That will always allow
You to succeed - If you work very hard
But I say bullshit - They're holding all the cards

And who are they? - I don't even know
Is that really your neighbor - On a reality show
Well my reality - It looks nothing like that
And I'm not choosing sides - Not the left or the right
I'm so sick of politicians - And the way that they fight
They must think that we're stupid - And maybe we are
But maybe we're good - In the depth of our souls
Maybe we take care - Of the sick and the old
And we see the future - In our children's eyes
But they got us so scared - And we don't even know why

Scared to die before I live
Will I have somthing left to give
To leave my son a better world
While Mother Earth is still a girl
Damn my greed and damn my fear
Damn my prejudice when the other comes near
Open my heart - open my mind
Give me peace - when it comes my time

Now I ain't religious - And I don't go to church
Except for my meetings - But Jesus Christ
If he was here today - I think he'd be mad as hell

So that's my two-cents on the world situation at the moment. I'm basically a non-political songwriter. The only political landscape I know well is that of my own emotions and it's a treacherous place indeed with many back-room deals going on all the time. So take it for what its worth.

Elliott Murphy, Paris, France, April 13, 2009

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