npwa lyrics – billy bragg

i grew up in a company town
and i worked real hard ’til that company closed down
they gave my job to another man
on half my wages in some foreign land
and when i asked how could this be
any good for our economy?
i was told n*body cares
so long as they make money when they sell their shares.
(refrain):

can you hear us? are you listening?
no power without accountability!
(2x)
i lost my job, my car and my house
when ten thousand miles away some guy clicked on a mouse
he didn’t know me, we never spoke,
he didn’t ask my oppinion or canv*ss for my vote.
i guess it’s true, n*body cares
’til those petrol bombs come spinning through the air.
gotta find a way to hold them to account
before they find a way to snuff our voices out.
(refrain)
can you hear us? are you listening?
no power without accountability!
(2x)
the ballot box is no guarantee that we achieve democraty;
our leaders claim their victory when only half the people have spoken.
we have no job security in this global economy,
our boarders closed to refugees but our markets forced open
the world bank says to mexico,
we’ll cut you off if you don’t keep your taxes low.
but they have no right to wield that sword
‘cos they take their orders from the chairman of the board.
imf, wto
i hear these words just every place i go
who are these people? who elected them?
and how do i replace them with some of my friends
(refrain)
can you hear us? are you listening?
no power without accountability!

/ billy bragg lyrics