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Narrator:
John was a strapping young lad, searching for his wealth
To save himself for poor living and form his honorable self
He paid his weight (three tons) and lived a life (of class)
Made sure the strong received payment, by the book, by the book it must be said

Now had a family John did, oh a family John did have
And he forked out the hard earned currency that he'd grown accustom to have
So let the poor (stay poor) and let the needy (stay needy)
Turn your head(s) from the folks who have closed their eyes and seemed to have free'd themselves

John's Conscience:
John, a mighty lesson did they learn
One that you haven't gotten down
Well what to say have you now? You don't know? Hmm

John's Conscience and Smoke:
John, a mighty lesson did they learn
One that you have not gotten down
Well what to say have you now? Not a lot? Well, at least you're still on top

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from By the Book: Folklore by Jack and the Bear, released April 16, 2016

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