Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards:To Have and to Have Not

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“To Have and to Have Not”
Artist: Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards
Albums: Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards (2001)
Composers: Billy Bragg

Up in the morning and out to school
Mother says, there'll be no work next year
Qualifications, once the golden rule
Are now just pieces of paper

Just because you're better than me
Doesn't mean I'm a-lazy
Just because you're going forwards
Doesn't mean I'm going backwards

Well, if you look the part, well, then you'll get the job
In last year's trousers and your oldschool shoes
The truth is, son, it's a buyer's market
They can afford to pick and choose

Just because you're better than me
Doesn't mean I'm a-lazy
Just because I dress like this
Doesn't mean I'm a communist

Well, the factory's are closing and the army's full
I don't know what I'm going to do
But I've come to see in the land of the free
There's only room for a chosen few

Just because you're better than me
Doesn't mean I'm a-lazy
Just because you're going forwards
Doesn't mean I'm going backwards

Well, at 21 you're atop of the scrap heap
At 16 you were top of your class
Well, I dropped outta high school in Campbell, California
Got a guitar and I never looked back

Just because you're better than me
Doesn't mean I'm a-lazy
And just because I dress like this
Doesn't mean I'm a communist!

Yeah!
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