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Gilded Age

from New West Town by Bard Michael

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Let me tell you a story 
About three assholes 
JD, JP and Carnegie 
They outdid us all 
Oil, banking and steel 
Unregulated industries 
While people struggled for meals 
They grew their monopolies

My Mama used to tell me 
Never trust no man 
Like Morgan 
Who pays someone to fight 
His battles for him 
But Carnegie did it different 
I almost love that man 
After he made his fortune he became 
A humanitarian 
How convenient

JD was slick but that don’t sit too well 
But he got his bested by Ida Tarbell 
But can ya blame them given the means 
What would you or I do 
History is filled with assholes 
That’s the honest truth

But it’s different for folks 
Like you and me 
We live our lives in beatific 
And those blind assholes will never know 
What we know 
Let them have the damn reigns 
We’ll enjoy the show 
Enjoy the show 


from New West Town, released April 20, 2021




Bard Michael

MONTHLY RELEASES ON the 13th of every month starting 9/13/2022!

My music is an amalgamation of theatrical rock filk articulated through a diverse palette of instrumentation, beats and keys. Fused with story and experiential-based lyrics, content ranges from revolution-inciting satires and obscene humor to dark-sodden anguish and vulnerable susurrations that mirror the human condition. ... more

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