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Collateral
C. Dore /J. Littman

There was a man who didn’t care, he didn’t care
as long as there were rules to defy
And so, unfettered by self doubt
with confidence with confidence he rose high
And he could sense the deference in leaden-footed duffers
when they realised
he feared no-one

And he remembered drinking games
in college days, in college days
they wish he’d forgotten
But when a man can hold his drink
while others duck
he doesn’t blink
at men gone rotten
And when the climate is of fear
it’s fun to be the puppeteer
behind the curtain
just pulling the strings

No matter how strong
They always fall
He flicks off the dust
They’re just collateral

He loved to make the dials spin
Adrenaline, adrenaline
from the beginning
He had a wife, he had a child
but nothing made his pulse go wild
like winning
And when the herd is slow and thick
It’s fun to be the maverick
and watch them turning
Just cracking the whip

No matter how strong
They always fall
He flicks off the dust
They’re just collateral

Oh my children, wait for me
I’m only breaking the glass
so you can see

He wrote his book on strategy
Now just a curiosity
A mark of his time
His words, once so inspiring
now have a kind of hollow ring
But one thing still chimes
As sure as bankers hide their wealth
A younger version of yourself
Will soon be waiting
‘Cause you’re collateral
Just collateral.