Investors Blues

There’s trouble on the street tonight, I can feel it in my bones
There’s trouble on Wall Street, I can feel it in my bones
I had a premonition that he should not go alone
I had a premonition the selling wasnt done
I knew the gun was loaded, but I didn’t think he’d kill
I knew the market was crooked, but I didnt think it’d kill
Everything exploded, and the blood began to spill
Algos exploded and the bids began to spill
So baby, here’s your ticket, and the suitcase in your hand
So buddy, here’s your margin call and the suitcase in your hand
Here’s a little money, now we’ll do it just the way we planned
Give me your money, just like I planned
You be cool for twenty hours, and I’ll pay you twenty grand
You’ll be broke for twenty years, and I’ll be living grand
I’m sorry it went down like this, but someone had to lose
I’m sorry it went down like this, but someone had to lose
It’s the nature of the business, it’s the smugglers’ blues
It’s the nature of the business, it’s the investors’ blues

The sailors and the pilots, the soldiers and the law
The SEC and the politicos, the clerks and the law
The payoffs and the ripoffs and the things nobody saw
The payoffs and soft dollars and the things nobody saw
Don’t matter if it’s heroin, cocaine or hash,
Don’t matter if its S&Ps, mortgages or stocks
You’ve got to carry weapons ’cause you always carry cash
You’ve got to be disciplined cause you could always crash
There’s lots of shady characters and lots of dirty deals
There’s lots of shady characters and lots of dirty deals
Every name’s an alias in case somebody squeals
Every name’s a corporate alias in case somebody squeals
It’s the lure of easy money, it’s got a very strong appeal
It’s the lure of easy money, it’s got a very strong appeal
Perhaps you’d understand it better standing in my shoes
Perhaps you’d understand it better standing in my shoes
It’s the ultimate enticement, it’s the smugglers’ blues
It’s the ultimate enticement, it’s the investors’ blues

You see it in the headlines, you hear it every day
You see it in the headlines, you hear it every day
They say they’re gonna stop it, but it doesn’t go away
They say they’re gonna stop it, but it doesn’t go away
They move it through Miami and sell it in LA
They move it through NY and sell it in Chicago and LA
They hide it up in Telluride, I mean it’s here to stay
They hide it up in law offices, I mean it’s here to stay
It’s propping up the governments in Columbia and Peru
It’s propping up the corporations like Goldman and Morgan
You ask any D.A., man, they’ll say there’s nothing we can do
You ask any SEC, man, they’ll say there’s nothing we will do
From the office of the president right down to me and you
From the office of the Blankenfein right down to me and you
Me and you
Me and you
It’s a losing proposition, but one you can’t refuse
It’s a losing proposition, but one you can’t refuse
It’s the politics of contraband, it’s the smugglers’ blues
It’s the politics of trading, it’s the investors’ blues