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Slave to the Wage single cover

Slave to the Wage" is a single by alternative rock band Placebo. Taken from their third record, Black Market Music, it reached number 19 in the UK singles chart. The song, inspired by the drudgery of having a "9 to 5" job in the modern world, is about not working oneself into an early grave. Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" is also mentioned in the lyrics. The song samples the intro of "Texas Never Whispers" by Pavement.

The music video was directed by Howard Greenhalgh and was inspired by the movie Gattaca.

TracklistingEdit

CD1

  1. Slave to the Wage (Radio edit) – 3:50
  2. Leni – 4:39
  3. Bubblegun – 5:13

CD2

  1. Slave to the Wage (Album version) – 4:09
  2. Holocaust – 4:26
  3. Slave to the Wage (Les Rythmes Digitales remix) – 4:29

LyricsEdit

Run away from all your boredom
Run away from all your whoredom and wave
Your worries, and cares, goodbye
All it takes is one decision
A lot of guts, a little vision to wave
Your worries, and cares goodbye

It's a maze for rats to try [x2]
It's a race, a race for rats
A race for rats to die
It's a race, a race for rats
A race for rats to die

Sick and tired of Maggie's farm
She's a bitch, with broken arms to wave
Your worries, and cares, goodbye

It's a maze for rats to try [x2]
It's a race, a race for rats
A race for rats to die
It's a race, a race for rats A race for rats to die [x3]
Burn away
Run away [repeat]