Funny song about music pirating

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    MattG

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    Unfortunately while this artist does have some albums on the ITMS, this song isn't on one of them. I bought this CD last night and found this song so amusing, I had to post the lyrics :)

    "Something for Nothing" by Loudon Wainwright III

    You can pull one of my songs right out of thin air
    Go ahead and download me, see if I care
    In love, war and cyberspace, everything's fair
    And it's okay to steal 'cause it's so nice to share

    You're in luck 'cause last night, it happened again
    I was feeling creative about twenty to 10
    So I sharpened a pencil and I wore down its end
    And now soon you'll have something to share with your friends

    It took twenty minutes to write down this song
    The tune's public domain so I didn't do wrong
    I chewed up the pencil and the eraser's all gone
    Scratched my head and my balls, but it didn't take long

    Songwriting's not so hard, it's well-understood
    Anyone can do it and everyone should
    I'm sure you could write and sing something as good
    With some balls and a pencil, I'm sure that you would

    A PC's like a crowbar, it's only a tool
    And music flows like water from a big public pool
    But I wanna get paid for my work, but I'm a fool
    Because trading and sharing's so awesome and cool

    I don't mean to be flip, I don't want to be pat
    Those Metallica guy are all getting too fat.
    Free information, yeah, what's wrong with that?
    Something for nothing, that's where it's at

    And those moguls run labels and you call them all crooks
    Because they crunch the numbers and they cook the books
    But I signed that contract and I got my hand shook
    Shaking hands with the devil, it's not as bad as it looks

    You can pull one of my songs right out of thin air
    Bootleg and download me, see if I care
    In love, war and cyberspace, everything's fair
    And it's okay to steal 'cause it's so nice to share
     

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