Billy Bragg – Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted

Billy Bragg has this great new EP out with some really strong songs that cover the important issues – Brexit, Global Warming, Racism, Exploitation and Trump.

Billy always brings a fresh and interesting perspective to bear.

This one resonated with me. As a man who spent his career in education, with its regime of tick-board and testing strangulating the life out of students and teachers alike, I know the most important things cannot be counted.

“Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted”

Be nice if we could have our cake and eat it
Though that’s impossible to do
But too many have invested in this outcome
They simply can’t afford for it not to come true
We ceded too much power to the market
Let it decide what’s right or wrong
Now everyone seems willing to lent credence
And truth is so devalued, it’s going for a songNot everything that counts can be counted
Holds the markets to account
Not everything that counts can be counted
Not everything that can be counted counts

People have had enough of experts
And their inconvenient facts
Here’s what the media really won’t tell ya
Exactly who it is that’s taking control back
All opinions are equal
In the free market of ideas
And truth is nothing more than an opinion
That’s the garnered the most likes, provoked the loudest cheers

Not everything that counts can be counted
Holds the market to account
Not everything that counts can be counted
Not everything that can be counted counts

There isn’t really any room for dreamers
If you have principles that’s nice
The market isn’t interested in values
Except for those it can define its price
All bow to the power of the market
Till it throws up a different face
If you’re not white or male or compliant
The system is designed to keep you in your place

Not everything that counts can be counted
Holds the market to account
Not everything that counts can be counted
Not everything that can be counted counts

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