Look at the weather, look at the news Look at all the people in denial We're burning time, bleeding grace Still we worship at the marketplace While common sense is goin' out of style I thought that I would be above it all by now In some country garden in the shade
But it's business as usual Day after day Business as usual Just grinding away You try to be righteous You try to do good But business as usual Turn your heart into wood
Monuments to arrogance reach for the sky Our better natures buried in the rubble We got the prettiest White House that money can buy Sitting up there in that beltway bubble And when "El Jefe" talks about our freedom Here is what he really means...
Business as usual How dirty we play Business as usual Don't you get in the way Makes you feel helpless Makes you feel like a clown Business as usual Is breakin' me down
Boy, you can't go surfing in Century City Yeah, them sharks out there are lurking beneath the curl Yeah, they rob you blind and chew you up, and it ain't pretty And it's a soul suckin', soul suckin', soul suckin', soul suckin' Soul suckin', soul suckin' world
Business as usual Day after day Business as usual Feel like walking away A barrel of monkeys A band of renown Business as usual Is breakin' me down Breakin' me down
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Eddie Vedder often changes the words when he sings "Yellow Ledbetter." The basic story is about a guy whose brother dies in the first Gulf War. Apparently, bad news in the army is given in yellow envelopes.
John Lennon wrote "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" about Richard Cooke, a hunter he met at the Maharishi's camp in India. Cooke hasn't shot anything since the camp, except with his camera - he became a freelance photographer for National Geographic.