First World Problem

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My wife started countering my neurotic whinging with the comment "First World Problem!". I had to eat my words at that point...

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FIRST WORLD PROBLEM BLUES © Roo Friend APRA 2017

SHE PUT THE WRONG CREAM IN MY COFFEE SHE USED THE WRONG MILK IN MY TEA
I REMEMBER ASKING FOR LACTOSE-FREE OH THIS IS GONNA BE THE DEATH OF ME
FIRST WORLD IT’S A FIRST WORLD PROBLEM
BOO HOO GIMME GIMME SHIMMY TO THE FIRST WORLD BLUES

ME AND MY GIRL GOT MARRIED WE DECIDED ON AN ELVIS THEME
BUT AT THE COSTUME SHOP I NEARLY BLEW MY TOP
THE WIG WAS TOO SMALL AND THE PANTS WEREN’T CLEAN

THEY GOT THE LIMO WRONG AT THE WEDDING I ASKED FOR A CADILLAC
BUT THEY SEND A STUDEBAKER I WAS AFRAID THAT WE’D BREAK HER
COS MY LADY AND MYSELF COULDN’T FIT ACROSS THE BACK

I’VE GIVEN UP MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT COS THEY RUINED MY FAVOURITE DISH
I DROVE TO EVERY MACCAS IN THE CITY LAST NIGHT TRYIN TO FIND AN ORIGINAL FILET-O-FISH

WELL I KNOW I SHOULDN’T CARE IF MY STEAK ISN’T RARE WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE STARVING, EVERYWHERE
BUT EVERYTHING’S RELATIVE IT’S MY WIFE’S IMPERATIVE
TO COMPLAIN THAT SHE CAN’T DO A THING WITH HER HAIR

I WANT EVERYTHING ENTITLED TO ME TAX FREE MONEY, HOSPITALS, PROTECTION BY THE POLICE
AND IN REGARD TO THE STEAK I WANT IT RARE OR I SWEAR I’LL MAKE A SCENE CHORUS





I WENT ON HOLIDAY WITH MY DAUGHTER,
SAW PEOPLE WALKING MILES TO GET A DRINK OF WATER,
PEOPLE DYING OF DISEASE THAT WE CAN CURE WITH EASE,
WITH JUST A LITTLE MONEY NOW THAT ISN’T FUNNY,
THE STREET WAS A LIVING HELL OUTSIDE OUR FINE HOTEL,
THEY’RE SLEEPING FIVE TO A BED AND AT FIFTY YOU’RE DEAD,
WORK IN A SWEATSHOP ALL DAY FOR A CUPLA DOLLARS PAY,
MAKIN’ DESIGNER JEANS AND LIVIN’ ON RICE AND BEANS,
UNTIL THE DAY ROLLS ROUND WHEN THEY’VE HAD ENOUGH,
AND THEY PICK UP A GUN AND SAY “I DON’T GIVE A STUFF”,
AND WE SEE WHAT’S GOING ON AND WE START TO CURSE,
SO WE START ANOTHER WAR AND SIMPLY MAKE IT WORSE
CHORUS

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from Thinking Man's Blues, released May 7, 2017
Roo Friend baritone hybrid guitar, vox, lead guitar
Dillion James organ, organ bass
Jim Toomey drums
engineered and mixed by Arlo Buble
mastered by Don Grossinger New York
produced by Roo Friend

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Stomperoo Brisbane, Australia

Stomperoo, sideman to the famous, playing guitar music crossing over on blues, jazz, folk and funk, re-defining and de- constructing everything from divorce, property settlement, gardening and crop rotation to junk food, obesity, infants, terrorism, sex and traffic, in the style of Mose Allison, Georgie Fame, Tom Waits, and Arlo Guthrie. ... more

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