Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  

Let Them Eat Cake

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1972 Schroder Music Company, renewed 2000.

Let them eat cake,
Said Marie Antoinette.
So they chopped off her head
Until she was dead.
The solution was drastic,
The story's fantastic,
They talk of it yet.

Let them eat cake,
So they feed us on cake.
It's loaded with sugar,
The flavor's a fake.
We think we have eaten,
They say it's a treat,
But when it's all over
Our stomach says, "Buddy, when do we eat!"

Let them eat cake,
So they feed us on lies,
Icky with color,
They dazzle the eyes.
They sound and they sound
As though something's been said,
But the questions we're asking
Keep rolling around in our head.

Let them eat cake,
Said Marie Antoinette,
So they feed us on twinkies
While they eat the meat,
They stuff us with plastic,
They tell us it's great,
And we gag at the colored pollution
They put on the plate.

Let them eat cake
From the frozen food bin,
A concoction of nothing
With air beaten in,
We eat and are hungry,
Their word is a lie,
And if we leave their heads on
We'll die.

Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- The Malvina Reynolds Songbook

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- Malvina Reynolds...Sings the Truth (2008)

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