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Geoff Berner - Public Relations lyrics

If you've got something toxic that you want to sell
You better take it to the folks who can do the job well
Make it sound sexy, safe and fun
Be it cigarettes, pesticides or guns.

They're the pimps pressing honest words into prostitution
Sustainable Development, Public Consultation, Compromise Solution.

Public relations
Who's got the ear and the throat of the nation?
Public relations
They put a positive spin on global annihilation
Public relations.

Like domesticated dogs who forgot how to hunt
The journalist's teeth are yellow and blunt
They don't care what they're fed, as long as they eat
So they line up to suck on the wire service teat.

The editor's got a deadline, we've got to placate him
So copy down the press release and print it up verbatim
For

Public relations
Who's got the ear and the throat of the nation?
Public relations
They put a positive spin on global annihilation
Public relations.

Well you seem so clever that it's hard to believe
You're completely self-deluded - that's hard to achieve
You say that you're just a poor working slob
Like old Joe Goebbels, just doing your job.

The old lies are still the best lies, no need to drop 'em:
It's safer than aspirin, the deathtoll's overstated, we're studying the problem
With

Public relations
Who's got the ear and the throat of the nation?
Public relations
They put a positive spin on global annihilation
Public relations.

We're not selling a product
We're selling a feeling.