Ewan McColl – Ballad of Accounting

To me, The Ballad of Accounting addresses the idea of allowing a higher authority to control almost everything that you do. Be that how you are taught at school “did they teach you to question when you were at school?”, or follow rules and expectations of everyday life “Did you read the trespass notices, did you keep off the grass?”. The words in this song I find are very powerful and almost intimidating as I find myself feeling guilty being accused of such things which are now considered a social norm or obligations that everyone will happily follow. Many are afraid to step outside of the considered ‘norms’ and make a stand for something which I think McColl encourages through his lyrics.


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