Song of the Robber Baron

The latest Versus econoparody:

And since this is a Friday night, let me give you a couple of personal faves. This one from O Lucky Man! is similar philosophically but very different stylistically. This Lindsay Anderson film (with Malcolm McDowell) has the interesting device of treating the band as a Greek chorus. During the picture, it would cut away to the musicians (as shown), then back to the narrative:

Theme song:


If you have a friend on whom you think you can rely
You are a lucky man!
If you’ve found the reason to live on and not to die
You are a lucky man!
Preachers and poets and scholars don’t know it,
Temples and statues and steeples won’t show it,
If you’ve got the secret just try not to blow it
Stay a lucky man!

If you’ve found the meaning of the truth in this old world
You are a lucky man!
If knowledge hangs around your neck like pearls instead of chains
You are a lucky man!

Takers and fakers and talkers won’t tell you.
Teachers and preachers will just buy and sell you.
When no one can tempt you with heaven or hell
You’ll be a lucky man!

You’d be better by far to be what you are if you are what you are
And that’s a lucky man!

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  1. f. beard

    Technically, the bankers are robbers and not just thieves since they use force (government backing, legal tender laws, the IRS, etc) to maintain their cartel.

    BTW, an interesting debate between Ellen Brown and Gary North might take place on Max Kaiser soon. Should be interesting.

  2. tomk

    One of my all time favorite films. Thanks for bringing it to wider attention. It also features a young Helen Mirren.

  3. Jack Parsons

    I saw this in the 70’s. I found the VHS for O Lucky Man in Goodwill a long long time ago and it’s still on my shelf- haven’t watched it yet. Thank you for reminding me.

  4. Ishmael

    Oh Yves, you are too young to have seen O Lucky Man when it came out. It is funny you posted this song because I have been thinking of it lately. Didn’t Wishbone Ash do some of the soundtrack.

    By the way McDowell did O Lucky Man right after Clockwork Orange (I believe he wrote the script). They reshowed Clockwork Orange at the Aero in Santa Monica with McDowell there. Talk about a movie that fits the current times more than when it came out.

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      Flattery, eh? I was in high school then and most assuredly did see it when it was first released.

      1. Ishmael

        Well, I still find it rather unusual that you posted it and I have been thinking about the movie recently. Was going to put it on the nexflix list. Haven’t seen it in years.

        We agree on somethings and disagree on somethings.


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