The Boomtown Rats Sight and Sound in Concert


The Boomtown Rats

Pete Drummond introduces a 1984 concert by the Boomtown Rats from Goldiggers in Chippenham.


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So if you're... You'd better dance,

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Catch the light, catch your breath

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I'm having my picture taken

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# We scan the crowds and we pan the rounds of all those crazy scenes

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# Immortalise a slice of time

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# I'm having my picture taken

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# Another instant in an Instamatic

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# Another reflex set on automatic

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# You really should have been there

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# Ooh-ooh, having my picture taken

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# Ooh-ooh, having my picture taken

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# Ooh-ooh, having my picture taken

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# Ooh-ooh, having my picture taken

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# Another instant in an Instamatic

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# Another reflex set on automatic

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# Another moment of the life dramatic

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# You really should have been there

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I'm having my picture taken

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# Ooh-ooh, having my picture taken

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# Ooh-ooh, having my picture taken

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# Ooh-ooh, having my picture taken. #

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and then we're about ready to go.

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# What have you got to lose

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# Guilty till proven guilty

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and then you check the jury

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# Guilty till proven guilty

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# It just looks the other way

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# I have nothing left to say

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The sky burns bright 24-hour night

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# And you don't pay death duties when you're on death duties

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looking for the peace and quiet

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# It's taken years off your life

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# You're guilty till proven guilty

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# Shame-shame, shimmy shame

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# Shame-shame, shimmy shame. #

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# Hitchin' up her short skirt

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We're here to welcome a band who haven't been around for very long.

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Well, for a couple of years, anyway.

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They've got a single released yesterday - that's entitled Tonight.

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But here are the band that go like clockwork. The Boomtown Rats!

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# I'm in one place at one time

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# I'm neither here nor there

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# I get hooked to the mainstream

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# Plugged into my surroundings

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# I'm thinking in a straight line

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that these thoughts are mine

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# My heart is beating oh so fast

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# And I think in sync like clockwork

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# She's done away with emotion

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# She sees things clearly now

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# She thinks she sees it all

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I'm on your side for a while

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# She thinks that time is a concept

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# She wants to say it again

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Count the months and minutes

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You die in pain, that's your limit

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# And, hey, what's the matter?

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# We've got time, lots of time

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# I'm on your side for a while

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# My mind beats time like clockwork

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It's a bitch of a night. We're sorry you had to wait outside for so long.

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I don't think many people know, but Eddie Cochran died in Chippenham.

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And I think, after tonight, he probably won't be the only one.

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Um...we've always been a dance band.

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which'll bore you to death,

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# I think I'll do my head tonight

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# Look at it, this way and that

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# Yes, you pile it up, spray it up

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# Nothing much to do tonight

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# It's just so, they're so...

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# And we all think the same

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One, two, one, two, three...

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# JFK, he didn't last so long

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# Trouble is, nothing ever gets done

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# So, listen, whatcha gonna do

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talk about it all the night

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the strangest place I've ever seen

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# We work at motion, work at time

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# Trouble is, we lose control

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I'm sure most of you have got Radio One on permanently all day.

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# I don't intend to copy any friend

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# You understand being used

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# You won't mind being abused

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# The mountains fall tonight

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# But you will, I say you will

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of the papers here and you will

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# You check and you reel me in fine

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with all those friends you got

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# You've been slumming in the slime

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# You understand being used

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# You won't mind being abused

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# Tonight - and no-one calls

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# Tonight the mountains fall

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# Why are you talking in code?

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# Wave me a flag or flash me an eye

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# But you're taking your time

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why you blind me with science

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# Well, it's all in your hands

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# Well, I like you, I think

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why you blind me with science

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# But you're taking your time

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# Cos when you talk in code,

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# Cos when you talk in code,

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why you blind me with science

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It's an important part of the show,

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I don't want to fuck anything up.

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# You come over to my place and you're screaming blue murder

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# Needing some place to hide

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# Oh, and I wish you'd keep quiet,

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# In these paper-thin walls

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# And when the place goes ablaze with a thousand dropped names

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# I got a friend over there

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# And he knows the situation

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# They saw me there in the square when I was shooting my mouth off

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# Now could that be construed

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# When the pressure drop is heavy I don't wanna hear you speak

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# And it's too hot to breathe

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looking at you, whoa-oh-oh-oh

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# Watch, someone's looking at you,

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looking at you, whoa-oh-oh-oh

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# Don't flatter yourselves,

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# It could fall on deaf ears,

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# There's a spy in the sky, there's a noise on the wire

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# There's a tap on the line for every paranoid's desire

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# Watch, someone's looking at you

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# They're always looking at you

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# Someone that's looking at you

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# Someone is looking at you

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# Someone that's looking at you

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# Someone is looking at you

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# Someone is looking at you

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# Someone is looking at you... #

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# Nights in white satin... #

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# Everything he loved had moved away

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# I felt despair come crawling

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that you were touched by fate

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# It's never easy but throw it away?

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# Maybe you were born chasing this

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# Flirt with death but never kiss her

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# I keep dreaming, I set the scene

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# So what's a fiver? Why so mean?

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# It's not over, that's too cheap

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# I know you feel the squeeze

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# The view from on your knees

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that you were touched by fate

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# A newer story in another town

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# I know you feel the squeeze

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# Keep going, keep going. #

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We're going to go home now.

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it's called In The Long Grass.

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When we bring that out, we'll do

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And we'll see you guys back here or maybe in Swansea next week, OK?

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# There was a lot of rocking

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for all the young bright lights

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# The Saturday night city beat

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# When the pulse of the corner boys

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# Young Billy watched it under

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# He said tonight of all nights

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# But Billy doesn't like it

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# He says the traps, they were sprung

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# Hope bites the dust behind

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# There's screaming and there's crying in the high-rise block

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# But you can make it if you want it

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# You better find a way out, yeah,

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everybody's trying to tell you

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when that button come alight

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# Billy take a walk, take a walk,

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# Hey, Billy, take a walk with me

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trying to watch Top Of The Pops

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# Mum and Dad are fighting,

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she walks out to the street

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but it's got that home beat

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# I'm gonna get out of school,

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# Work all the hours God gave me and get myself a little easy money

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coat buttoned against the cold

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# When he's drunk it's hard to understand what Billy says

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# But then he mumbles in his coffee

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# Rat trap, you've been caught

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# It's a rat trap, you've been caught

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# In a rat trap, you've been caught

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# It's a rat trap, you've been caught

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# In a rat trap, you've been caught

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# It's a rat trap, you've been caught

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# In a rat trap, you've been caught

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thank you very much. See you soon.

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We want more! We want more!

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More, more, more, more, more!

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# Here we go, here we go! #

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you want to hear particularly?

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I don't know if we remember it, cos it's been... We'll have a go at it.

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Right, bollock up the sound.

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Make it loud so if there's any fuck-ups they don't notice.

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# The world owes me a living

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# I've waited on this dole queue

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# That's a quarter of an hour

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# I don't owe nobody nothing

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# I just do what I wanna do

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# Count your loss when I'm gone

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# If I want something, I get it

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# No matter what I have to do

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# Don't give me love thy neighbour

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# You better stop, think, look, baby

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# I want to take your money,

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# Don't give me love thy neighbour

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# Don't give me peace and love

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# When I get old, older than today

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# I'll never need anybody's help

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# Why don't you take my money

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# Lookin' after number one... #

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# I-hi-hi don't wanna be like you

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# I-hi-hi don't wanna live like you

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# I-hi-hi don't wanna talk like you

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