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Renter's Ramble

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Lyrics

By the time the cranes unfold
The tale’s been sold
On cardboard panels
Be sure to stand on by
And nod at the guys
While the dozers gambol
Feel the horizon change
A private game
No renter’s ramble
Collect your helpless thoughts
‘Cause you’ve been caught
In the big buck scramble

Brick by brick
Trick by trick
Brick by brick
It gets done, another
House for Faust, and then another one

Wontcha go ahead and doze
The little we own
Our little flirtation
Just go ahead and build
Stuffed to the gills
With your legislation


What’s a tent anyways
When you get paid
Seven hundred salvations
To find a spot nowhere
And ease our cares, emancipation!

Brick by brick
Trick by trick
Brick by brick
It gets done, another
House for Faust, and then
Another one

Who’ll be good enough to share
The same hot air
We heard at twenty
Who’ll chalk it up to fate
And lie in wait
With the buildings empty
Who’s got a petty want
A heartless taunt
Or a tone-deaf ditty
A vision

Where home is bought
Like a fish you caught
In a far-flung, far-off,
Next door, next day,
Land of plenty

Brick by brick
Trick by trick
Brick by brick
It gets done, another
House for Faust, and then another one

Backroom deals
Mayoral appeals
Peel the veneer, and it gets done, another
House for Faust, and then another one

Brick by brick
Trick by trick
Brick by brick
It gets done, another
House for Faust, and then another one