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TRACK 3

LYRICS
An Economy Ain’t Nothing but a Recipe


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Intro Narration:

When economics is too difficult for the average person to understand, it’s to keep decision-making power out of his or her hands. Of course, that ain’t my idea of a good economy. I believe that because economics affects everyone, it should be understood by everyone.  That’s why when we talk about economics in this album, we’re gonna break it down to the basics, we’re gonna call it for what it really is.  So for anyone who thinks, like I once did, that all this economics talk is probably gonna be too much to comprehend, you only need to know one thing. An economy ain’t nothing but a recipe. That’s right.  An economy ain’t nothing but a recipe.  There’s what you put in, what you get out, and how you cook it.

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