The Government Game (revisited)

by Peter Willie Youngtree

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Come all decent people, let's sing while we can
Of the awful circumstance befalling our land
"Austerity," now, they say is the name
But we all know it as The Government Game

The government spent all the wealth that we had
And demand we pay for it before debts turn bad
And since we vote every four years, they say we're to blame
For the awful lack of foresight - that's The Government Game

So they'll close the libraries, they'll bar up the doors,
Add great heaps of taxes to kill the outports and the poor,
Then give the rich millions and still show no shame;
For they're all too wrapped up in The Government Game

They'll dam up the Churchill, where our folk hunt and fish,
Our Indigenous brethren, all against their wish
We just won't get rid of the old Colonial way
And so there's more casualties in The Government Game

It's been thirty-three years now since Al Pittman warned
that in government's hands, the people are spurned
We get cast aside for a few rich men's gain
And then they claim the trophy in The Government Game

Now I do not care if they're Orange, Red, or Blue
It's all the same with the power in the hands of the few,
We must reclaim the authority the so-called "leaders" claim
Or we will be losing The Government's Game

So beware Neo-Liberals, everywhere they try and rise
In the Twenty-First Century, we must turn a new tide
It's up to communties, our own lands to claim
Or our children will be born into The Government Game

And we will die playing The Government Game


released June 22, 2016
Peter Willie Youngtree - Vocal

Peter Willie Youngtree - Composer (Peter Smith - SOCAN)



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Peter Willie Youngtree St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Peter Willie Youngtree's debut album has made Top 10 and Top 30 Earshot! charts eight times, was long-listed for the Borealis Music Prize, and was called one of the best local albums of the year. He tours in Canada frequently, recently performing alongside folk icon Jennifer Castle. Exclaim! magazine, described his "vividly written songs that recall classic Country-Rock figures like Gram Parsons." ... more

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