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Mathematics || Spoken Word by Hollie McNish

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    He said "those god damn Pakistanis
    and their goddamn corner shops
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    Built a shop on every corner
    took our British workers jobs"
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    He said "those god damn Chinese
    and their goddamn china shops"
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    I told him they're from Vietnam
    but he doesn't give a toss
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    I ask him what was there
    before that damn Japan mans shop
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    He looks at me and dreams a scene
    of British workers jobs
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    Of full time full employment
    before the godamn boats all came
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    Where everybody went to work full time,
    four weeks, every day
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    "A British Business stood there first"
    he claims "before the Irish came"
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    Now British people lost their jobs
    and bloody Turkish, they're to blame"
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    I ask him how he knows that fact
    he said because it's true
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    I ask him how he knows that fact
    he says he read it in the news
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    "Every time a Somalian comes here
    they take a job from us"
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    "The mathematics one for one,
    from us to them it just adds up"
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    He bites his cake, he sips his brew
    and says again he knows this plot
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    "The god damn Carribeans came
    and now good folk here don't have jobs"
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    I ask him what was there before
    the god damn Persian curtain shop
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    I show him architectures plans
    of empty god damn plots of land
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    I show him the historic maps
    A bit of sand, a barren land
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    There was no god damn shop
    before the Pakistani came and planned
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    Man, I am sick of crappy mathematics
    Cos I love a bit of sums
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    I spent three years into economics
    And I geek out over calculus
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    And when I meet these paper claims
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    That one of every new that came
    Takes away ones daily wage
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    I desperately want to scream
    "Your math is stuck in primary!"
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    Cos some who comes here also spend
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    And some who come here also lend
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    And some who comes here also tend
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    To set up work which employs them
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    And all your balance sheets and trends
    they work with numbers not with men
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    And all this god damn heated talk
    Ignores the trade the Polish brought
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    Ignores the men they gave work to
    Not plumbing jobs but further too
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    Ignores the guys they buy stock from
    Accountants, builders, on and on
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    And I know it's nice to have someone
    To blame our lack of jobs upon
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    But immigration's not that plain
    Despite the sums inside your brain
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    As one for one, as him or you
    As if he goes, they'd employ you
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    Cos sometimes one that comes makes two
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    And sometimes one can add three more
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    And sometimes two times two
    is much much more than four
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    And most times immigrants bring more
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    Than minuses.
Title:
Mathematics || Spoken Word by Hollie McNish
Description:

A poem on immigration based on personal experience and studies. The poem owes a lot to a book by economist Philippe Legrain called Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them.

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Duration:
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