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Scorpion Farm

Steve Cooke on November 05, 2011 02:27

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    In these times of austerity, jobs are difficult to find. This song is about getting a job. But a very unusual job.

    I wrote 'Scorpion Farm' in collaboration with performance poet David Bateman (, with whom I have worked on several tracks. Joel Braverman (jbrave) contributed bass guitar and live drums to this recording.

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    It's not the job he wanted
    But he says he doesn't mind
    He'd rather work on motors
    But he took what he could find
    Happy just to have a part
    Happy in his role
    He says the pay is crappy, but
    It's better than the dole

    Daddy's got a job
    Daddy's got a job at last
    Down at the scorpion farm

    You have to be realistic
    Cos this isn't paradise
    And anyway, statistics
    Show that scorpions are nice
    Happy just to have a task
    Happy with his prize
    Filling up the poison-flask
    And hoping for a rise

    Repeat chorus

    Now he's polishing up the pincers and he's sharpening up the sting
    He's making sure the breeding pairs get on with their own thing
    He's shining up the segments and he's cleaning up the claws
    He's marketing the poison through all the usual stores

    Repeat chorus twice

    Words by David Bateman
    Music by Steve Cooke
    © Bateman/Cooke 2010


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