We’re pleased to announce the very first PMN Song of the Month for May 2014:
“Plunder” by Polar Levine from New York City.
This song uses a funky beat and splices in audio from the trial of the infamous financial criminal, Bernie Madoff, admitting in court that the Ponzi scheme he was operating was wrong, even criminal. The song covers many aspects of the criminal dealings that played a role in the financial crisis of 2008, and the effects on everyday people. Will anybody be held accountable for this?
PLUNDER – Words and music by Polar Levine – PMN May 2014 Song of the Month
The shine on America’s shoes got dulled
When Wall St. stepped into the Fuld
Congress paid off, workers laid off
Stanford, AIG and Madoff
Credit swaps and credit stops
Empty wallets, empty shops
Dead bank walking is triple A
Grandpa loses 401k
It’s a capital crime
Will anybody do the time?
Money for nothing. Nothing for money
The housing bubble and the Easter bunny
The free market, Santa Claus
Fairy tales and a nation of laws
Retention bonus, credit freeze
We’re all paying for the bailout
Shakin the pitchfork, calling for a jailout
Clueless experts, clueless news
Waitin for the sound of dropping shoes
One shoe drops, the other shoe drops
One parachute drop ahead of the cops
Hard cash too easily made
Easy credit for easy crime
For the American dream… death by sub-prime
Greenspan serving up the Kool Aide
Timebomb ticking on every trade
The mirror flatters; the razor… sharp
On the company jet tootin’ up the TARP
Masters of the universe. . . the master’s voice
Greed is the creed. . . the drug of choice
Toxic assets. . . the master plan
Greed is the asset of the toxic man
Polarity/1 (Polar Levine) is a New York City composer of songs & instrumentals in all genres. The first songs he wrote, at age 14, were political songs. He’s written songs for Danny Schechter’s documentaries for the past decade. Plunder was composed for Schechter’s film of the same title; questioning why the sociopaths who tanked the economy have not been prosecuted. Polar was active in Occupy Wall St. for it’s first 2 years and helped organize Occupy’s Guitarmy. You can visit the Polarity/1 website to hear more music and download Plunder and other political songs for free.
We Will Not Lie Down – Words and music by Paul O’Toole – Honorable Mention
Paul O’Toole’s song about troubled times we now live
in due to bank and government greed.
The Lord Giveth and the Landlord Taketh Away – Words and Music By Scott Cook – Honorable Mention
Scott Cook espouses the hippie dream by living in his van while he tours extensively with his musical message. He is a politically sensitive humanist who sings of weighty and worthy topics.
RACE TO THE BOTTOM – Words and Music by Paddy Mills – Honorable Mention
Paddy Mills is an award winning singer/songwriter whose songs are as salty as the Maine coast he calls home. As a folk singer, Paddy maintains an extensive repertoire of Irish, American, Maritime, Nicaraguan and Labor folk songs. His knowledge of and
respect for traditional music is reflected is his own writing.
There were 9 qualifying submissions for the month of May. Listen to them all here. Thanks to everyone who submitted songs!