“DOGS” Pink Floyd (1977). Group ML47 Brian McCaffrey Jake Arnold Andy Kahan Econ 004 Section 002. You gotta be crazy, You gotta have a real need. You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you're on the street, You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed.
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Econ 004 Section 002
You gotta have a real need.
You gotta sleep on your toes,
and when you're on the street,You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed.
Firms have to “pick out the easy meat”, in other words beat out others firms, by COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE. This includes having technological advantages, increased efficiency of manufacturing, and minimal costs of production.
And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight,You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking.
When AGGREGATE DEMAND rises, producers can set their prices higher to meetthemarket equilibrium and maximize profits, thus “striking when the moment is right”.
And after a while, you can work on points for style.Like the club tie, and the firm handshake,A certain look in the eye and an easy smile.You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to,So that when they turn their backs on you,You'll get the chance to put the knife in.
You gotta keep one eye looking over your shoulder.You know it's going to get harder, and harder, and harder as youget older.And in the end you'll pack up and fly down south,Hide your head in the sand,Just another sad old man,All alone and dying of cancer.
As younger, more efficient workers enter the LABOR FORCE, the older, less productive workers will find themselves UNEMPLOYED. But if someone “packs up and moves down south” (ie: retirement), choosing to no longer work, they will no loner be counted in the UNEMPLOYMENT RATE.
You'll reap the harvest you have sown.And as the fear grows,
the bad blood slows and turns to stone.
And it's too late to lose the weight you used to need to throw around.So have a good drown, as you go down, all alone,Dragged down by the stone.
In this instance, the “weight you used to need to throw around” is the influence and power you wield as a successful business man.
The “stone” has a double metaphor. First, it represents the struggle a businessman endures and what eventually brings him down. Secondly, it refers to a “stone” used to drown unwanted puppies in an overcrowded litter, symbolizing the everyday struggle of the working class man.
I gotta admit that I'm a little bit confused.Sometimes it seems to me as if I'm just being used.
In Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” metaphor, individuals pursue their own self-interests to support the market as a whole. In the big picture of the market, one single person can have little to no effect in shaping the economy, therefore become lost or “used” by others.
Gotta stay awake, gotta try and shake off this creeping malaise.If I don't stand my own ground, how can I find my way out of thismaze?
Currently the U.S. economy is trying to “shake off” the economic woes of a RECESSION.
In order for ENTREPRENUERS to succeed the government must guarantee private PROPERTY RIGHTS and enforce contracts so they can find their “way out of the maze”.
Deaf, dumb, and blind, you just keep on pretendingThat everyone's expendable and no-one has a real friend.
If someone is expendable, there is no motivation for the employer to keep him or her as an employee, therefore they may find themselves FRICTIONALLY UNEMPLOYED.
And it seems to you the thing to do would be to isolate the winnerAnd everything's done under the sun,And you believe at heart, everyone's a killer.
Economic development is often credited to CREATIVE DESTRUCTION . This means that some businesses are allowed to fail in order for new ones to form and lead to growth.
In the final song of the album, “Pigs on the Wing, Part 2”, Roger Waters’ admits within the lyrics that he sees himself as a dog
During live performances of this song in his recent tours, Roger Waters and a few of the other musicians often play a hand of poker during the long instrumental breakdown in the middle of the song.
Who was born in a house full of pain.Who was trained not to spit in the fan.Who was told what to do by the man.Who was broken by trained personnel.Who was fitted with collar and chain.Who was given a pat on the back.Who was breaking away from the pack.Who was only a stranger at home.Who was ground down in the end.Who was found dead on the phone.Who was dragged down by the stone.