Legal Fiction

Built a palace on quicksand and silt
Rubber struts and pillars of guilt
Paper-thin walls held by a paperclip latch
Ok, I give up, now who’s got a match?

Staked my claim on a land mine field
Not much to look at but a hell of a yield
The overhead’s low and profits sky-high
So who cares if we’re bleeding the planet dry?

Yes, I’m a person by legal fiction
Your friendly global corporation
I was never elected
And never crowned
But I’m running the world
Running the world
Right into the ground

Earned my keep peddling false hopes
Don’t ask how I sleep, man, it ain’t easy to cope
If you only knew about my panic attacks
What if the sheep want their fleeces back?

Paved my highway over a pile of rust
Using good intentions and misplaced trust
There’s only one exit, at the end of the line
Half a smile past the Abandon Hope sign

Oh, I’m a person by legal fiction
Your friendly global corporation
I was never elected
And never crowned
But I’m running the world
Running the world
Right into the ground

And these activists, they get in my way
The hell are they protesting anyway?
Don’t they know how it goes, just pass the buck
We own the politicians so best of luck

Think you have problems, check out this graph
Those earnings ought to be good for a laugh
Look, stockholders deserve some dividends
To comfort them when the sky descends

For I’m a person by legal fiction
Your friendly global corporation
I was never elected
And never crowned
But I’m running the world
Running the world
Right into the ground