You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
Saint Peter, don't you call me, 'cause I can't go;
I owe my soul to the company store.
Dad used to sing this for us - as he often did all sorts of spiritual and protest songs - probably from his deepest respect for Paul Robeson, whom I have chosen to perform it. I've often likened debt dependence to addiction. Not that abstinence is for everyone, you understand, but much as we limit the availability of substances like alcohol and tobacco, so too should financial products and services be better regulated. Let's hope those in power after the election choose to do something about it.