Powerman

Ray Davies, released on Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, © Noma Music, Inc. BMI 1970

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I know a man, he's a powerful man

He's got the people in his power

In the palm of his hand.

He started at the bottom and he worked his way up

Now he's never going to stop

Until he reaches the top.

It's the same old story, it's the same old dream,

It's power man, power man, and all that it can bring.

If you want your money, you better stand in the line

'Cos you'll only end up picking up nickels and dimes.

You call him names and he sits and grins

'Cos everybody else is just a sucker to him.

And he's got my money, but I've got my faith

And powerman, powerman, I'll never be your slave.

It's the same old story, it's the same old game

It's power man, power man, driving me insane

People tried to conquer the world Napoleon and Genghis Khan

Hitler tried and Mussolini too

Powerman don't need to fight, powerman don't need no guns

Powerman got money on his side

Well I'm not rich and I'm not free

But I've got my girl and she got me

He's got my money and my publishing rights

But I've got my girl and I'm alright

And she got me going, and she keeps me sane

But powerman, powerman, got money on the brain

It's the same old story it's the same old game

Powerman, powerman driving me insane

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