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Return of the Roughnecks

This song is by The Chameleons and appears on the album What Does Anything Mean? Basically (1985).

Up and down, these days are up and down, they call it elevated living
A faster future for a faster breed; unforgiving, unfulfilling
The spirit's willing but the mind is weak; I had an empty education
I want to speak but when I try to speak it doesn't help the situation

And some they fly while others fall
And some they walk while others crawl. It stops them feeling small. That's all

Shake your hand, they'll always shake your hand without a moment's hesitation
Burning bridges and snapping strands that support a generation
You want to climb but when you try to climb you see the ladder getting shorter
You want to drink but when you try to drink there's someone pissing in the water

The soul is something they can buy
So "softly step inside", says the spider to the fly. "Nice try"

And every day you're crucified
If you can't look them in the eye, smile and wave goodbye. "Nice try"
"Nice try"

Vices embraced in times of crisis
Sweet vices embraced in times of crisis. That's all. That's all
That's all