Hand In the Cookie Jar

from by Bill & Brenda Sutton

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Bill: Political protest songs are hard because I tend to see both sides. In this case, however, there is only one side with lots of perpetrators from both parties.

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Words and music by Bill Sutton
©2008 Mad Tom Music

He was three years old in his Grandma’s house
And the treasures were something to see.
But the best of all were the kitchen shelves
That he just couldn’t manage to reach.
So, when she heard that chair scrapin’ cross the floor,
Granny crept in the kitchen through the swingin’ door,And with crumbs on his face and his fingers too
He said, “I was gettin’ a cookie for you!” Uh huh.

It doesn’t matter if you’re three or if you’re fifty-four,
It doesn’t matter if you went through the window or door,
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a photogenic face,
It doesn’t matter if the media is on your case,
It doesn’t matter what you say or what you think you are –
You got stuck with your hand in the cookie jar.
Uh huh.

He’s in the Senate at the witness desk,
His lawyers whispers in his ear.
He leans well into the microphone
To make sure that everybody can hear.
“Now, Senator, you know that I’m an honest man.
I served this country every way I can.
People of the nation, you know it’s true
That I was only gettin’ a cookie for you.
Uh huh.

It doesn’t matter if you’re three or if you’re fifty-four,
It doesn’t matter if you went through the window or door,
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a photogenic face,
It doesn’t matter if the media is on your case,
It doesn’t matter what you say or what you think you are –
You got stuck with your hand in the cookie jar.
Uh huh.

You’ve got corporations raiding pension funds.
There’s oil profiteers galore.
There’s no-bid contract lobbyists
Making money off-a somebody’s war.
You’ve got politician’s preaching their doom and gloomWhile they’re sneakin’ in the pantry in the other room.
Ain’t it nice to know when the day is through
That somebody’s gettin’ a cookie for you.
Uh huh.

It doesn’t matter if you’re three or if you’re fifty-four,
It doesn’t matter if you went through the window or door,
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a photogenic face,
It doesn’t matter if the media is on your case,
It doesn’t matter what you say or what you think you are –
You got stuck with your hand in the cookie jar.
Uh huh.

credits

from And They Said It Wouldn't Last, released August 16, 2016
Words and music by Bill Sutton
©2008 Mad Tom Music

Bill: Vocals, Guitar, Bass; Brenda: Vocals, Hand Snare

Recorded at Bedlam House Studios

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