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Track 03: An Economy Ain’t Nothing but a Recipe

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Chorus:

What’s on the menu – well that depends on what you want / We can continue – with the same old shit you got / Or we can switch it up – and give you something worth the wait / Open the kitchen up – so we can all participate / (repeat)

Narration: An economy ain’t nothin but a recipe / With three factors that make up the analogy

Verse One:

Factor One – what you looking to put in / before you fire up the oven – what’s the key ingredients / that set this dish apart – how is it defined / the difference between cordon bleu and chicken pot pie / it’s the ingredients that give a dish its name / in an economy it works just the same / you start with questions – basic like food groups / the answers to which lay down our economic roots / who owns what – who call the shots / who does this, who gets that – how do prices and wages get set / but be careful, careful how you tackle these questions / the answers matter like matters of life and death, son / so bless one – best pick the best one / we on the grind to find a world better than this one – this one – this one – this one

Chorus:

What’s on the menu – well that depends on what you want / We can continue – with the same old shit you got / Or we can switch it up – and give you something worth the wait / Open the kitchen up – so we can all participate / (repeat)

Narration: An economy ain’t nothin but a recipe / With three factors that make up the analogy

Verse Two:

Factor Two – what you looking to get out / the whole reason why you’re cooking – what’s this dish all about / things like look and texture – the mixture – of taste and smell – is it healthy at all – in an economy we call these qualities values – how you – experience the end result – how the system affects you – uplifts you or wrecks you / how hard you work – what you get paid / are you getting a fair slice of what gets made / are we competing or we cooperating / circumstances that you’re facing – the breaks that you’ve caught / the amount your voice counts – the choices that you got / how much – of your blood, sweat, and tears go in the pot / and for what – and for what – and for what

Chorus:

What’s on the menu – well that depends on what you want / We can continue – with the same old shit you got / Or we can switch it up – and give you something worth the wait / Open the kitchen up – so we can all participate / (repeat)

Narration: An economy ain’t nothin but a recipe / With three factors that make up the analogy

Verse Three:

Factor three – the cooking – the steps that you sweat out / how you go from what you put in – to what you what you get out / all the little details – how much – how long – how hot / how you execute the plan – what you do with what you got / but more than that – it’s not just what you’re doing, but who’s doing it / and if we got the skills not to ruin it / in economics, they don’t always show that / the folks who own the restaurant don’t want us to know that / part of the creation is participation / does our recipe encourage imagination / to work within the limits of our ingredients / or does the recipe require strict obedience /  well if it does, that’s too bad, get that shit out your head / they say you are what you eat, but really you are what you fed / our daily bread – not just how we break it – but how they bake it / if we ain’t got the know how, how we gonna know how to make it / you gotta understand your options to demand something else / they can serve us anything if we can’t cook for ourselves / it’s time we get inside the kitchen – time we think outside the book / it’s time to take another look – i say we are what we cook

Chorus:

What’s on the menu – well that depends on what you want / We can continue – with the same old shit you got / Or we can switch it up – and give you something worth the wait / Open the kitchen up – so we can all participate / (repeat)

narration: you know they say too many cooks spoil the broth / yeah, well good thing we ain’t cooking broth

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