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My Christmas Eve Song: You Owe Me

by on December 24, 2021

Christmas Eve seems like a good time to release my anthem for 2022, You Owe Me.

Christmas Eve seems like a good time to release my anthem for 2022, You Owe Me. I know that a song about debt is a lump of coal in the stocking, so to speak, but if we look at one person’s debt as somebody else’s asset and income source, then all the debt that’s being taken on to fund Christmas (and stimulus, tax subsidies, university degrees, gambling chips in the stock market casino, etc.) is very cheery indeed for the somebodies who own all that debt.

I know it’s taboo to mention that we live in an era of indulgence in which Christmas is 365 days a year for those with the cash / credit to enjoy treats and luxuries all year, just as it’s taboo to mention that much of this lavish and often wasteful 365 days of Christmas spending is borrowed.

It’s also taboo to mention that all debt ends up in the same place: You Owe Me: Christmas year-round for those collecting the income from debtors, penury for those owing the debt.

Wishing you a debt-free, waste-free, worry-free holiday season.

I want to thank Jimi Juju for doing all the heavy lifting on this tune (playing drums, bass and rhythm guitar, engineering and recording) while I’m to blame for the vocals and lead guitar bits. Here are the lyrics for those who want to follow along.

You Owe Me

You tell me that you can’t afford the rent
the student loan or your truck
I don’t care about your problems pal
just do what it takes to get me the bucks

You owe me
You owe me and I’m gonna tell you how it’s gonna be

You say that you did everything you were told
Got your degree and a gig
Now you lost your job and can’t pay what you owe
Because your debt is too damn big

You owe me
You owe me and I’m gonna tell you how it’s gonna be

I’ll be just fine
I’ve made up my own mind
To make a big wild bet
That’ll pay all my debt

You tell me that I can’t get blood from a stone
I hear that all the time
But let me tell you, buddy how it is
I can cut flesh from the bone

You owe me
You owe me and I’m gonna tell you how it’s gonna be

(lyrics, music and arrangement copyrighted 2021 charles hugh smith, of course)

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