Do you want to be a billionaire?

Bruno Mars does…

‘I wanna be a billionaire, so f**kin bad. Buy all of the things I never had’.

‘Every time I close my eyes, I see my name in shining lights’.

400m views on YouTube.

But Theo Katzman doesn’t.

‘I don’t wanna be a billionaire – I just want a comfy place to live. With friends and neighbours always around – they never call me just walk on in’.

72,000 views on YouTube.

And he realises that it’s not a popular message – ‘So close your eyes and cover up your ears – this ain’t the message that you came to hear’, but it’s a great one. He is an incredible musician, but here he’s really leading – pouring scorn on many of the ways in which modern society works.

My favourite line – ‘But I don’t really want to sing along…if a computer wrote the f**kin song’.

Lyrics in full below – but make sure to listen to the song too.

I don’t wanna be a billionaire
I just want a comfy place to live
With friends and neighbors always around
They never call me, just walk on in

The doors and windows ain’t ever locked
Because I don’t have any shit to steal
Just a couple comfy chairs to sit
And a pot to cook a family meal

[Chorus]
So close your eyes and cover up your ears
This ain’t the message that you came to hear, but
I can’t help it if I just don’t care
I don’t want to be a billionaire

[Verse 2]
I’m tired of hearin’ about the I.P.O
All of the ways that all the cash could flow
It would be nice if it would trickle down
To the people on the other side of town

But something tells me that it probably won’t
‘Cause something tells me that it just ain’t right
Taking donations for the one percent
Out of the pockets of the 99

[Chorus]
So close your eyes and cover up your ears
This ain’t the message that you came to hear, but
I can’t help it if I just don’t care
I don’t want to be a billionaire

[Post-Chorus]
No, I don’t
No-oh-oh, I don’t
I don’t wanna be a billionaire

[Bridge or Middle 8]
I don’t want to sacrifice my life, tryin’ to
Shave five seconds off a checkout line
Think of something that the whole world needs
Faster fast food delivery

I don’t want to be forced to guess
What to do with all of my excess
Take vacations into outer space
Or pay all school teachers a living wage

[Verse 3]
I know nothing’s gonna come from this
Except for make a couple people pissed
It ain’t effective, far as I can tell
Telling the Devil he should go to hell

And I don’t even know who’s to blame
Or who’s been marching in the hit parade
But I don’t really wanna sing along
If a computer wrote the f**kin’ song

[Chorus]
So close your eyes and cover up your ears
This ain’t the message that you came to hear, but
I can’t help it if I just don’t care
I don’t want to be a billionaire

[Post-Chorus]
No, I don’t
No-oh-oh, I don’t
I don’t wanna be a billionaire