GUESS WHO! (© Words and Music by Paul F. Cowlan )
When George Orwell, with uncanny foresight, created Big Brother in , with more than a sidelong glance at Stalin, its unlikely he could have predicted vapid T.V. set-ups in which everyone desperately pretends that particpants pretending to live in a pretended real life situation arent really pretending. Logically, the next stage must be to replace the human element with virtual cyber-people, existing in a virtual cyber-reality, so viewers can desperately pretend ..... etc. Come back Rin-Tin-Tin, all is forgiven!
Guess whos watching from the world outside?
Guess whos watching, with their brain in neutral?
Lifes too tough, and theres no big jackpot.
Pay someone else to pretend.
Take a camera to the goldfish bowl,
and watch the little fishes in the goggle-box front room.
Stick a bunch of wallies in a ticky-tacky house,
and live with your ear to the wall.
Last week Darrel had an argument.
Shouted at Samantha cos she didnt do the housework.
But they get a bonus if they screw for the viewers.
So its hanky-panky high-jinks Friday!
Duncan is a tosser but hes gonna be a star, since
everybody saw him sitting in an armchair.
Gonna have a hit with his own CD
though he cant sing or play.
What about a cyberdoll, weight-watching dimwit,
super-cool dude from an analogue transfer?
One step better than the clots in a box
with their rattle-head dumbo show!
Capable of anything, touch screen sensitive,
interactive jerk with cerebral seizure,
bouncing up and down in his nineteen inches.
Nowhere for the bugger to go!
Guess whos watching from a peaked-cap wasteland?
Guess whos watching with the paunch and popcorn?
Hand over fist, and a nation of potatoes
making all the fat cats smile.
Welcome to the adverts, welcome to the big sell,
welcome to the way that we push into your bedroom.
This is what you want, cause we keep on telling you.
Good kid, swallow it down!