God’s Away On Business

24 08 2017

‘I’d sell your heart to the junkman baby, For a buck, for a buck.’ The first lines in the song speak to the heart of what people feel in relation to hope and employment. Your heart, the center of the soul and feeling given to the junkman for only a dollar. The next lines drive in futility even more, ‘If you’re looking for someone to pull you out of that ditch, You’re out of luck, you’re out of luck.’ The bridge here is apt, and demonstrates what happens when heart is reduced to value, and charity and compassion have vanished. ‘The ship is sinking.’

‘There’s a leak, there’s a leak, in the boiler room, The poor, the lame, the blind.’  The distress mentioned here is two fold. The boiler room is leaking, and the poor, the lame, the blind are in the boiler room? Or are they the boiler room, implying how society has treated individuals with extraordinary emotional frameworks and perceptions is a significator of what is wrong with society. The next lines of course lead one to the second possibility. ‘Who are the ones that we kept in charge? Killers, thieves, and lawyers.’ A group of people traditionally compared more with sharks and hunters than lambs or compassionate leaders.

‘Digging up the dead with a shovel and a pick, It’s a job, it’s a job.’ Listing here one of the least enticing jobs someone may want, but is essentially forced to do out of societal obligation to the ‘Killers, thieves, and lawyers.’ ‘Bloody moon rising with a plague and a flood, Join the mob, join the mob,’ essentially we have all ‘joined the mob’ already as being a part of the economy today is only furthering the environmental death of the earth, and unless one is careful about choosing what type of job, an endless amount of energy gets funneled into the military industrial complex and away from the people/creatures/plants which in their very nature reduce reuse recycle.

The parting words and perhaps the only warning ones in the song ‘There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby, It’s a deal, it’s a deal.’ Yeah, look out for free cheddar, might have got me at the last here. In the meantime, God’s Away on Business.


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