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Keep it simple
Keep it neat
Aim your hook
At the man in the street
Throw him the bones
But freeze the meat
‘Cos the meat goes off
But the beat goes on
Business is business
Business is business
Business is business
And only the tough survive
Radio fallout
In an open prison
Jazz-based soul tinged
Watered down rhythm
Too many pretty sleeves
With Nothing in ’em
Johnny be good or bad
But not indifferent
Hard-core bland-out
Stocking filler
Soft-sell overkill
Tee-shirts given
Everybody’s wearing them
See you at the party tonight
M. O. Are. Is good
M. O. Are. Is safe
M. O. Are. Is here
Just give it to ’em
Never think about it
Force fed
On half dead melodies
Dragged up from the archives
Playing on your sympathies
I’m being brain-washed
And don’t know how to block it
‘Cos something in the chorus
Burns a hole in my pocket
And I can’t feel the pain
When my finger’s in the socket
And only the numb survive
Only the numb survive
Only the numb survive
Business is business
Business is business
Business is business
Everyone was doing it
You weren’t at the party last night
M. O. Are. Is good
M. O. Are. Is safe
M. O. Are. Is you
M. O. Are. Is here
Where
Relax, Relax
Relax, Relax
Relax, Relax
Relax, Relax
Maybe you can think of a way
To turn me on
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Transcribed by tj Thurston 1/8/95
Administrator of Minestrone: The 10cc/Godley & Creme mailing list

Arewell to your bricks and mortar, farewell to your dirty lies
Farewell to your gangers and gang planks, to hell with your overtime
For the good ship Ragamuffin is lying at the quay
To take oul Pat with a shovel on his back
To the shores of Botany Bay.

I’m on my way down to the quay where the ship at anchor lays
To command a gang of navvys that they told me to engage
I thought I’d drop in for a drink before I went away
For to take a trip on an emigrant ship to the shores of Botany Bay

Farewell to your bricks and mortar, farewell to your dirty lies
Farewell to your gangers and gang planks, to hell with your overtime
For the good ship Ragamuffin is lying at the quay
To take oul Pat with a shovel on his back
To the shores of Botany Bay.

The boss came up this morning, he says “well Pat you know
If you don’t get your navvys out I’m afraid you have to go”
So I asked him for me wages and demanded all my pay
For I told him straight, I’m going to emigrate to the shores of Botany Bay

Farewell to your bricks and mortar, farewell to your dirty lies
Farewell to your gangers and gang planks, to hell with your overtime
For the good ship Ragamuffin is lying at the quay
To take oul Pat with a shovel on his back
To the shores of Botany Bay.

And when I reach Australia I’ll go and look for gold
There’s plenty there for the digging of, or so I have been told
Or else I’ll go back to my trade and a hundred bricks I’ll lay
Because I live for an eight hour shift on the shores of Botany Bay

I don’t deny I’m in the public eye
Seems like 24/7 being watched by a spy
Makes me wonder why they don’t live their own lives
They’re not news reporters
They’re full of bullshit and lies
Leave them alone their karma will be their demise
I can read between the lines
They make up shit because there’s no shit to find-find (fu-fu-fu-fuck ’em)
I’m under a microscope directly going to prison if I take a toke
People ask me for answers as if I was the pope
I’m my own spiritual leader on this emotional teeter totter
My senses are getting hotter

Are you testing me?
Get the fuck back punk
get the fuck back back
why you testing me?
Get the fuck back punk
get the fuck back

Now I see what’s on the real
The public craves drama like a pig that squeals
They watched me in court testifyin’ to a fucked up charge
I was drowning myself in my own tears
Of my Boys growing up in the early years
Without their father near
Ain’t no way I’m gonna dissapear
Can you hear?
Freedom can be taken from you at anytime
So you better think twice before you pay the price, pay the price!

Are you testing me?
Get the fuck back punk
get the fuck back back
why you testing me?
Get the fuck back punk
get the fuck back back
(No one can condemn!
No one can condemn!)

Fittin’ to go Richter
Gonna get sicka
That’s for sure
We’re bumpin up the temperature
We’re blowin up the area,
Gonna scare ya,
We’re the Methods of Mayhem!
No one can condemn!

Are you testing me?
Get the fuck back punk
get the fuck back back
why you testing me?
Get the fuck back punk
get the fuck back back
(No one can condem!
No one can condem!)

Fittin’ to go Richter
Gonna get sicka
That’s for sure we’re bumpin up the temperature
We’re blowin up the area,
Gonna scare ya,
We’re the Methods of May, May, May, May Ma-Mayhem!

Are you testing me?
Get the fuck back punk
get the fuck back back
why you testing me?
Get the fuck back punk
get the fuck back!

In the morning the time seems to fly.
In the morning the dives seem to die.
The wine I had, it tasted fine, but it aint gonna change the times,
Though I have someone else with me, that’s just fine, it’s not the wine,
And loving you just crossed my mind.

The price is low, it don’t take much, to live on empty dreams,
So I just sit here laughing, eatin beans
Then I take a drink again, least I’ve got one good friend,
But I don’t like talking to wine, but that’s just fine, cause it’s all mine,
And loving you just crossed my mind.

Feelin all the pain inside, you know that don’t seem right,
Feelin all the cries in my eyes.
Loving any woman who don’t mind, spending time,
Talking over good times and drinking, lots of wine,

Well I don’t have a minute, but I’ve got lots of time,
And loving you just crossed my mind.
No I don’t have a minute, but I’ve got lots of time,
And loving you just crossed my mind.
Loving you just crossed my mind,
Loving you just crossed my mind.

Today we have lost our edge
Don’t cha’ know, forgotten is the (life you?)
Now it seems, you talkin’ (where was key?)
The peaceful times are what made us bright
Can’t look back, but we’ll not come back
Can’t be afraid, each time after time
So once again, I’m hiding in my room
The peaceful times are what made us bright

So you can’t fly, and never try
You told me, (how?) long ago
But you left home
And tried again
So hold on our hopes with you

[Chorus]
It was like a nightmare and it’s pain for me
Cuz’ nobody want to die too fast
Remember day of grief
Now it strange for me
I can see your face
I can hear your voice

Remember day we met and it’s pain for me
Cuz’ nobody want to die too fast
Remember day we dream
And it’s pain for me
I can see your face
I can hear your voice

Don’t fall Reluctant Heroes
Oh give me your strength, our life is so short
Don’t fall Reluctant Heroes
I wanna’ be brave like you
From my heart
Don’t fall Reluctant Heroes
Oh give me your strength, our life is so short
Don’t fall Reluctant Heroes
I wanna’ be brave like you

Can’t look back, but we’ll not come back
Can’t be afraid, each time after time
So once again, I’m hiding in my room
The peaceful times are what made us bright

So you can’t fly, and never try
You told me, (how?) long ago
But you left home
And tried again
So hold on our hopes with you

It was like a nightmare and it’s pain for me
Cuz’ nobody want to die too fast
Remember day of grief
And it’s strange for me
I could see your face
I could hear your voice

Remember day we met and it’s pain for me
Cuz’ nobody wants to die too fast
Remember day we dream
And it’s pain for me
I could see your face
I could hear your voice

[Chorus]
It was like a nightmare and it’s pain for me
Cuz’ nobody want to die too fast
Remember day of grief
Now it strange for me
I can see your face
I can hear your voice

Remember day we met and it’s pain for me
Cuz’ nobody want to die too fast
Remember day we dream
And it’s pain for me
I can see your face
I can hear your voice