Your Life For Money

by The Innocent Weapon Ensemble

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Two retired steelworkers recounting the resistance from management and mockery from coworkers when they asked for respirators said they are the only of their coworkers to have not died from lung disease. As I listened to their stories, this song arrived fully formed.

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Your Life For Money

Would you trade your life for money?
Come on, it’s just a little
bit of poison, nothing you can’t swallow.
It's like losing a hand, but you get to keep the middle finger.
It's gonna hurt a lot at first, then pain is going to linger.
When you trade life for money.

How far does the water flow?
How deep will the poison go?

Would you sell your blood to vampires,
who tear up the wilds,
who spread contagion building empires,
who solve their problems by writing out cheques?
They look you in the eye while they size up your neck.
When you sell blood to vampires.

How far does the water flow?
How deep will the poison go?

Would you trade your life for money,
to drive a big truck, pay for your funeral?
Just keep pushing your luck
with the billionaires who make holes in the ground.
They got a grave dug for you when you finally fall down.
When you trade life for money.

How far does the water flow?
How deep will the poison go?
How far does the water flow?
How deep will the poison go?

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Your Life For Money

Produced by Warren Reville and MD Dunn

Recorded at Reveal Music in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Mixed by Craig West

Mastered by Will Geraldo at Cantara Lab, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ken Coulter, drums;
Warren Reville, bass, background vocals;
MD Dunn, guitars, vocals, background vocals, trailer bell, tambourine
Image by BigWig

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