Good Little Piggy

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Hey, Kids! Wondering what a "credit freeze" is? Why did Jenny have to move out of her big new house? Dylan explains the economic meltdown in a song so simple, even a banker could understand it! Sing along! Write to the SEC!

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Hi Kids!

[Kids:] Hi Dylan!

Now I know you’ve been hearing some pretty crazy words these days: words like “recession” and “credit crunch” and “bailout”. Well I’m here to tell you all about it so that it all makes sense. Are you ready? here we go!

This little piggy loved silver and gold
This little piggy loved silver and gold
Didn’t really care who he bought or sold
And now we’re left out in the cold!
This little piggy sold magic beans
He said they’d grow up big and green
He never really told us what that means

[Kids:] And now they’re blown to smithereens!

My mama taught me right from wrong
My mama taught me right from wrong
Didn’t their mamas ever sing this song?
It’s time for us to sing along!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Don’t go swimming if the water’s too deep
Don’t make a promise you can’t keep
Don’t let your conscience fall asleep
Be a good little piggy today!

[Kids:] Dylan, what’s a Ponzi scheme?
What’s a credit freeze?

Well, kids, those are very good questions. Can you all say “deliverable obligation characteristics of a credit-default swap?” Don’t worry… I can’t say it either! But maybe this little story can help:

This little piggy played a pyramid game
This little piggy played a pyramid game
It all fell down and he’s to blame
And that’s why they closed the banks in Spain!

Borrow from Peter to pay back Paul
Peter owes money to Billy and Saul
No-one ever had any money at all

[Kids:] And husha-husha! Down we fall!

My mama taught me right from wrong
My mama taught me right from wrong
Maybe if their mamas sang this song
Things wouldn’t be so gosh-darn wrong!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Don’t go swimming if the water’s too deep
Don’t make a promise you can’t keep
Don’t let your conscience fall asleep
Be a good little piggy today!

[Kids:] Dylan, why did Jenny have move out of her house?
Shut up, Danny!
What does ‘foreclosure’ mean?

Well, kids, sometimes people want what they can’t really afford… like a mini-mansion on a Wal-Mart salary.

[Kid:] but Dad doesn’t work at Wal-Mart anymore…

And there’s always somebody happy to string them along. Take a listen…

This little piggy sold a house of sticks
Told ‘em it worth its weight in bricks
I guess it was one of his crazy tricks
And now it ain’t worth a pile of beans!
If something seems to good to be true
Use your noggin and think it through
Don’t let greed get the best of you

[Kids:] Cause that’s what oinky little piggys will do!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Don’t go swimming if the water’s too deep
Don’t make a promise you can’t keep
Don’t buy dear if you gotta sell cheap
Be a good little piggy today!
Be a good little piggy today!
Be a good little piggy today!

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from Alter Ego, released February 19, 2010
dB - voice, guitar, Dow Jones Daycare Choir

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Dylan Bell Toronto, Ontario

In a word... multifaceted. Toronto-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. From a neo-classical choral opus to an unabashed rock song, I've probably written it... or at least working on it. I'm fortunate enough to make my work my play, touring across North America, Europe, and Asia. Visit me at www.dylanbell.ca ... more

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