Hard Work

By Criminonymous

"Look at Bangladesh today / Buildings once filled with workers are now filled with graves / Six cents an hour’s not a suitable wage"

“Look at Bangladesh today / Buildings once filled with workers are now filled with graves / Six cents an hour’s not a suitable wage”

Learn from history and present times
Help to solve the mystery of how societies survive
If you’ve never seen a gun, you’re a lucky one
And think about your life in the context of the world
Because so many grow up in a place we can’t imagine
A hard life to live, can’t get ahead like Anne Boleyn
Strivers and shirkers: the rhetoric we’ve heard for ages
Simply doesn’t capture the complexities of work and wages
If hard work always led to successes
So many African women would live lives like princesses
If innovation were truly decorated
So many Indian women would be emancipated
But it’s just not as simple as they want us to believe
Our reality depends on power’s distribution
Equally, yes, we have free will; yes, we have choice
But options seem narrow when you’ve lost hope and voice
There’s so much to do, but there’s so little time
Another day goes by, more starving people die
But I feel encouraged, my view isn’t negative
It’s better round the corner, at least that’s our prerogative
To make it a reality, change mentality
And say it really proudly: we can stop the brutality!
We’re overdue a bit of peace, I’d say
And to this, I hope that we will contribute one day

Still, it’s all perception
What seems bad to you is the least that another person has to go through
Life’s hard work – that deserves recognition
But think about it relative to relative’s positions
How much harder did the old once have it?
Drafted to the army, youth spent fighting fascists
And rations… man, could you even imagine?
“Cut that egg in half, it’s the only one we’re having!”
Think that’s bad? Look at Bangladesh today
Buildings once filled with workers are now filled with graves
Six cents an hour’s not a suitable wage
Not enough for kids to be fed, clothed and raised
This is not to trivialise our problems at home
Or the millions crying out for help in the Eurozone
They say the unemployed simply don’t want to work
But it’s when there’s no investment that unemployment’s at its worst!
Castigate for laziness and bending of the rules
But there are 16 jobseekers per vacancy in Hartlepool
More than a million on contracts that give zero hours,
Give zero power, zero wiggle room for life
Look at the millions forced to settle for part-time
And ask yourself: do you believe all these people are workshy?
Are we developed? If so, we’re undeveloping
Abandoning the aging, the crisis is enveloping us
But there’s no absence of work to be done
Plenty homes to be built, plenty songs to be sung
It’s just that all the cash has been syphoned into slush funds
And so there’s no PAID work here
That’s the problem!

Advertisements
1 comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: