LIP Song (Kathleen Taylor)

“LIP Song” Sheet Music (pdf).
“LIP Song” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Kathleen Taylor.
Tune: Kathleen Taylor.


In Nineteen-Hundred-Sev’nty-Three, in the town of Bensancon,
The LIP workers made history in a way we can condone.
They were tired of threats and lay-offs; they were tired of cuts in pay.
So, they took their fact’ry over, and they ran it their own way.
Oh me! Oh my! Who told them they could do it?
Oh dear! Mon Dieu! What are we goin’ to do?
The bosses, taken by surprise, tore their hair and damned their eyes
To see the working class arise and know just what to do.

Now, this factory made watches, and I’ll have you all to know
LIP craftsmanship is well renowned wherever you may go.
But the firm was taken over by a larger company,
Whose bosses had made lots of plans for their LIP factory.
Oh me! Oh my! Who told them they could do that?
Oh dear! Mon Dieu! What are we goin’ to do?
The workers, tired of these fools, took possession of their tools.
They organized, made their own rules, and started up anew.

The bosses asked the police, “Is there nothing you can do?
These scoundrels stole our factory, sixty-five thousand watches, too!
And they’re making and selling watches! Arrest them all and fast!”
The police shrugged, “One can’t arrest the entire working class.”
Oh me! Oh my! Who told them they could do it?
Oh dear! Mon Dieu! What are we goin’ to do?
So the coppers seized the factory and threw the workers out, you see.
So they started the new LIP factory in the basement of a school.

Now, I’ll conclude my story, and I hope you listened well
To the tale of the LIP takeover. That is all I’m goin’ to tell.
But some day, fellow workers, we, too, shall seize the time,
And parasites around the world in harmony will chime:
Oh me! Oh my! Who told them they could do it?
Oh dear! Mon Dieu! What are we goin’ to do?
The working class has risen en masse to take control of their lives at last!
A revolution’s come! With that, I bid you all adieu.


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