Gimme hope Jo’anna

I have just come home from the world’s coldest bus-ride ever. It was colder than the Polar Express, colder than falling naked into a hole in the ice in the Tundra, so cold that the blood stopped flowing to my limbs and my brain therefore started overclocking itself. (Instead of going tick tock it goes ticketytocketysputterfizz). This is the result of that trans-siberian brainwave.

Sing along…

Well Jo’anna she runs the banking
She runs in London and the street Waall
She makes a few of her bankers happy, oh
She don’t care about the rest at all

She’s got this problem they call the subprime
It puts the market in the depresshaan
But maybe pressure can make Jo’anna see
How better sense could save everyone

[chorus:]
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
‘and some more income

Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope, Jo’anna
Hope before the morning come

I hear she make all the golden money
and buys strange derivatives of stocks and bonds
now every major or minor bank fears
becoming a cheap acquisishaan

Packin’ up all those subprime home loans
Now and again having little fun
She doesn’t care if the trading games she play
Is dang’rous to ev’ryone

[chorus]:
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
you caused a recesshaan

Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope, Jo’anna
Hope before the recesshaan…

She’s got supporters in high up places
Who give good ratings to the mortgage bonds
Jo’anna makes lotta fancy money, with
collateralised debt obligashaan

Now her stock falls with each bad opinion
Every decision looks irrationaal
For every writeoff that this Jo’anna makes
They got no good explanation

[chorus]
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Save my pension fund

Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope, Jo’anna
Don’t sink my pension faand

Even the teacher who works for the fed
The Bernanke who’s a peaceful man
He goes and helps out the richer players
Will bail out the very wrong

I wanna know if you’re blind Jo’anna
If you didn’t think this shit was dumb
Can’t you see that Wall Street is burning, Oh
Don’t make me wait till the recesshaan…Ohhhhh

[chorus]
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Save my pension fund

Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope, Jo’anna
Hope before the morning come…

I couldn’t find a word to replace Jo’anna (at least not yet) but for now, let’s take Joanna to represent the financial services industry…I could have come up with a hybrid name of 2-3 banks like Lehstearna or Goldsuissa or Amromana but it just doesn’t have a ring to it.

The truth is that I love this song to bits – something about the honesty and the cheer in a desperate situation, the exuberance with which someone can sing something as desparate as “gimme hope”…In all that frustration in that asininely cold bus, this song started playing on the ipod. I felt like I could also break into a smile with all this job search horse shit in my life. =)

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3 thoughts on “Gimme hope Jo’anna

  1. She’s got supporters in high up placesWho give good ratings to the mortgage bondsJo’anna makes lotta fancy money, withcollateralised debt obligashaanthanks for recognizing my hard work babe….

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