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A devastating backstroke
All the way from France
With shiny, shiny cufflinks
A shirtsleeve to enhance

The pin-striped men of morning
Are coming forward to dance
With pure Egyptian cotton
The kids don't stand a chance

You criticize the practice
By murdering their plans
Ignoring all the history
Denying them romance

The pin-striped men of morning
Are coming forward to dance
Forty-million dollars
The kids don't stand a chance

I didn't like the business,
But that was at first glance
Your pillow feels so soft now
But still you must advance

The pin-striped men of morning
The partners in the dance
The paper's shot to pieces
The kids don't stand a chance



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    UnregisteredJul 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    The next generation is screwed! The generation now is going down and the future kids of america (the next generation) do not stand a chance.
  • U
    UnregisteredApr 13, 2012 at 10:02 am
    It's about how life can be what you make of it, and not just by what your predesesors expect you to do
  • U
    UnregisteredJan 3, 2012 at 1:19 am
    This is about kids being manipulated by older, more knowledgeable big boy execs, bosses, ceos, anyone. They're taken with the lifestyles of rich guys, ignoring past ideals to keep up in any way they can.
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    BL9Jan 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm
    this is about the enticement of wall street (capitalism) to young, fertile, creative minds who might otherwise make a difference or do something non-money related.
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    areyouexperiencedNov 19, 2009 at 10:47 am
    its about heroin coming to the u.s. through france...i believe its "the devil stayed in backstroke" and its "mourning" not morning..."by murdering the plants"= burning the opium plants

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