This haunting lyric was written by my dad in 1997 and is perhaps even more apt today than it was fifteen years ago…

Slaves (To The Capital Man)

They took you from your homeland
On a ship from Africa
Away to their new “civilised” world
With a shackle ’round your heart
They sold you in a market
Like a commodity
Paid you in their currency
Of fear and misery

Thank the capital man!

And then two centuries later
They said they’d set you free
The black man joined the white man
In their factories
The hours were long and dangerous
We all suffered much abuse
But they paid us just enough
To buy what they produced

Thank the capital man!

On a ship from Africa
Just slaves! Just slaves!
Or workin’ for the capital
We’re just slaves! Just slaves!
To the capital man!

But is there a better system
Than the one we’re livin’ through?
Where the many are subjected
To the fancies of the few
We don’t seem to have an option
They don’t listen to our views
We’re not asking for a handout
We just want the right to choose

Beyond the capital man!

So don’t forget to thank them
For their money and their time
And try not to get angry
If they should change their mind
If you’ve just been re-structured
Re-deployed or re-aligned
If you’ve just been made redundant
And your life’s been re-designed

Thank the capital man!

On a ship from Africa
Just slaves! Just slaves!
Or workin’ for the capital
We’re just slaves! Just slaves!
To the capital man!

(Charles Maiden – July 1997)

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About Jon Maiden

Founder of Goalvanise which enables people to create their Life List online, and inspires and supports them to achieve their life goals. Check out the Goalvanise blog here or my personal blog here.

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