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Roger Waters

What God Wants

 


Roger Waters, In the Flesh tour, 2000


What God Wants, Part I

[Boy:] "I don't mind about the war, that's one of the things I like to watch, if it's a war going on, 'cause then I know if—when our side's winning, if our side's losing..."
(Switch channels)
What God wants God gets God help us all
What God wants God gets God help us all
God gets
What God wants God gets God help us all
What God wants God gets (repeated)

The kid in the corner looked at the priest
And fingered his pale blue Japanese guitar
The priest said:

God wants goodness
God wants light
God wants mayhem
God wants a clean fight

What God wants God gets
What God wants God gets

Don't look so surprised
It's only dogma
The alien prophet cried
The beetle and the springbok
Took the Bible from its hook
The monkey in the corner
Wrote the lesson in his book
What God wants God gets
What God wants God gets
What God wants God gets
What God wants God gets

God wants peace
God wants war
God wants famine
God wants chain stores

What God wants God gets
God wants sedition
God wants sex
God wants freedom
God wants semtex
What God wants God gets
What God wants God gets

Don't look so afraid
I'm only joking
The alien comic lied
The jackass and hyena
Took the feather from its hook
The monkey in the corner
Wrote the joke down in his book
What God wants God gets
What God wants God gets
What God wants God gets
What God wants God gets

God wants borders
God wants crap
God wants rainfall
And God wants wetbacks

What God wants God gets
God wants voodoo
God wants shrines
God wants law
God wants organised crime
God wants crusade
God wants jihad
God wants good
God wants bad

What God wants God Gets (repeated)

What God Wants, Part II

[TV Evangelist:] "Do you believe in a better day?
Do you have faith in a golden way?
If you do, then we must come together this day
Come together as one, united television audience
Brought together by the sound of my voice
United, united financially, united socially,
United spiritually, and all possible ways
Through the power of money
And the power of prayers...."

What God wants God gets God help us all
What God wants God gets

God wants dollars
God wants cents
God wants pounds, shillings, and pence
God wants guilders
God wants Kroner
God wants Swiss francs
And God wants French francs

(Oui il veut des francs français)

God wants escudos
God wants pesetas
Don't send lira
God don't want small potatoes
God wants small towns
God wants pain
God wants clean up rock campaigns
God wants windows
God wants solutions
God wants TV
God wants contributions

What God wants God gets God help us all
What God wants God gets
What God wants God gets God help us all
What God wants God gets

God wants silver
God wants gold
God wants his secret never to be told
God wants gigolos
God wants giraffes
God wants politics
God wants a good laugh

What God wants God gets God help us all
What God wants God gets

God wants friendship
God wants fame
God wants credit
God wants blame
God wants poverty
God wants wealth
God wants insurance
God wants to cover himself

What God wants God gets God help us all
What God wants God gets
What God wants God gets God help us all
What God wants God gets
(repeating)

What God Wants, Part III

Don't be afraid, it's only business
The alien prophet sighed
The vulture and the magpie took
The cash box from its hook
The monkey in the corner
Wrote the figures in his book
Crazed the checkout lady's fingers
Flash across the till
And the captain posts the menu of the day
And in banks across the world
Christians, Moslems, Hindus, Jews
And every other race, creed, colour, tint or hue
Get down on their knees and pray
The raccoon and the groundhog neatly
Make up bags of change
But the monkey in the corner
Well he's slowly drifting out of range

Christ, it's freezing inside
The veteran cries
The hyenas break cover
And stream through the meadow
And the fog rolls in
To his bottle of gin
So he picks up a stone
That looks like a bone
And the bullets fly
And the rivers run dry
And the fat girls sigh
And the network anchor persons lie
And the soldier's alone
In the video zone
But the monkey's not watching
He's slipped out to the kitchen
To pile the dishes
And answer the phone

 

Source: http://www.ingsoc.com/waters/
Amused to Death
© 1992 Columbia Records.

Roger Water’s Amused to Death is based on Neil Postman’s book Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. New York: Penguin Press, 1986.


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