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Bye, Ministry Man

by The Dutch

Bye, Ministry Man is the second single to be released from the album Four. It is about populist preachers like Wilders, LePen, Farage, Trump and all their fellow impostors, bullshitting away to mesmerise their followers.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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Bye, Ministry Man is the second single, after Fine Shields We Are, to be released from the album Four. It mocks the rise and inevitable fall of the league of preacher men, enchanting the crowds with fact-free bullshit, semi-religious mumbo-jumbo and whatever nonsense available on the market. Like we have witnessed big time in the US2016 elections, but encounter just as much in Europe and, for that matter, in the Netherlands, the home country of The Dutch.

Founded in the eighties, Amsterdam based pop group The Dutch released three albums (Working In Los Alamos, This Is Welfare and Under The Surface) and a couple of hit singles in the Netherlands, including This Is Welfare.
In 2015, the band reunited as the back catalogue albums were remastered and distributed online. We started writing and recording new songs. We, that is: Hans Croon (vocals and guitars), Bert Croon (keyboards and vocals), Jan de Kruijf (bass guitar and vocals) and Klaas Jonkmans (drums and vocals).

The music of The Dutch does not follow any formula. Writing the 14 songs on "Four", we did not feel any constraints in the way they should sound. Rather, we let each song organically define itself: some songs called out for a marimba and a banjo, others needed a string quartet or a brass section, a vibraphone arrangement or a mandoline. This song, Bye Ministry Man, is all about pizzicato violins.
The same counts for the themes we write about: some lyrics are narrative, some personal and some, like Bye, Ministry Man, outright political.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

On a mountain high
Lives a mean old guy
He’s selling his mean old stories
To anyone he knows

All believers go
To the valley low
Where he’s descending
To perform his well-known shows

And it’s always the same
So many to blame
So few who are chosen
So weak and so tame
When they call out his name
Their thoughts are like frozen

Bye, ministry man
I’m counting from ten, yeah
Your mystery plan
Is that all you can, yeah

In the name of God
Or any other thought
The ministry man is trying to
Get you on his side

Tell you where it’s at
Before you bow your head
The ministry man is always
Playing with your mind

And it’s always the same
So many to blame
So few who are chosen
So weak and so tame
When they call out his name
Their thoughts are like frozen

Bye, ministry man
I’m counting from ten, yeah
Your mystery plan
Is that all you can, yeah

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