Barenaked Ladies Elf's Lament cover

Elf's Lament
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Verse 1
I'm a man of reason, and they say
"'Tis the season to be jolly but it's folly when you volley for position"
Verse 2
Never in existence has there been such a resistance
To ideas meant to free us
If you could see us, then you'd listen
Verse 3
Toiling through the ages, making toys on garnished wages
There's no union
We're only through when we outdo the competition
Verse 4
I make toys, but I've got aspirations
Make some noise, use your imagination
Girls and boys, before you wish for what you wish for
There's a list for who's been
Naughty or nice, but consider the price to an elf
Verse 5
A full indentured servitude can reflect on one's attitude
But that silly red hat just makes the fat man look outrageous
Verse 6
Absurd though it may seem, you know, I've heard there's even been illegal doping
And though we're coping, I just hope it's not contagious
Verse 7
You try to start a movement, and you think you see improvement
But when thrown into the moment, we just don't seem so courageous
Verse 8
I make toys, but I've got aspirations
Make some noise, use your imagination
Girls and boys, before you wish for what you wish for
There's a list for who's been
Naughty or nice, but consider the price to an elf
Verse 9
You look at yourself, you're an elf
And the shelf is just filled with disappointing memories
Trends come and go, and your friends wanna know
Why you aren't just happy making crappy little gizmos
Every kid knows they'll just throw this stuff away
Verse 10
We're used to repetition, so we drew up a petition
We, the undersigned, feel undermined
Let's redefine "employment"
Verse 11
We know that we've got leverage, so we'll hand the fat man a beverage
And sit back while we attack the utter lack of our enjoyment
Verse 12
It may be tough to swallow, but our threats are far from hollow
He may thunder, but if he blunders, he may wonder where the toys went
Verse 13
I make toys, but I've got aspirations
Make some noise, use your imagination
Girls and boys, before you wish for what you wish for
There's a list for who's been
Naughty or nice, but consider the price
Naughty or nice, but consider the price
Naughty or nice, but consider the price to an elf

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