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Recession songs


Sam Roggeveen


27 November 2008 10:29

Over at his Meganomics blog, political reporter George Megalogenis argues that economic downturns produce the best music, and he calls for nominations for the best recession songs.

I'll give an honourable mention to the Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush anti-Thatcher weepie, Don't Give Up, but my vote goes to Springsteen's The River:

I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy
Now all them things that seemed so important
Well mister they vanished right into the air
Now I just act like I don't remember
Mary acts like she don't care

Full lyrics here.