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Greasing the Ladder

from Turning The Crank by The Good Ideas



the smell of the grease on the factory floor
fills the air like carbon monoxide
you don't notice but it puts your dreams to sleep
and the rain dilutes the morning
bus stop “i love you”s are washed away
into culverts and concrete streams

you can tell what street you're walking on
by the smell of the garbage
and the homeless hands outstretched
asking, “man, can you throw another dime in my cup?”
‘cause the cigarette tax just went up
and the fine print on the side of the cup says

this product was made in canada
by people who were silently dreaming of florida
and sex in the summer

we feel like fish in the ditches
live their whole lives in culverts and concrete streams
never taste a lake, drinking our piss and poison
but we still feel at home if we keep our eyes closed
while the rain filters through the rusted out barbecues
peeling away stickers that say

this product was made by people who were silently cursing you
for greasing the corporate ladder with their sweat

turning the crank that makes the world turn faster
turning the crank that makes the world die sooner
turning the gears adding grease to our fire
you've got your ivory towers but our suicide bridge is higher

we all want change

thank you for shopping at the grease machine
here's your change

we don't want change

and the bus that drives to the factory at 9
drives my red blood


from Turning The Crank, released March 9, 2006
Will – drums
Jimmy – bass
Joel – guitar, harmochord, vocals
Jon – guitar
Gibby – Rhodes
Jen - vocals


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