I have touched on the subjects of bankruptcy and debts as they feature in song on this blog before. The Lord Denning OM is pictured on the right enjoying a couple of the tunes I mentioned. Another commentator (Top Five Law) has provided a list of the top 10 bankruptcy songs:
"9> (I Can’t Make No) Cash Transaction8> Don’t Fear the Creditor7> I Fought the Debt and the Debt Won6> I Wanna Hold Your Note5> I’m Too Sexy (to Pay My Bills)4> You’ve Lost That Liquid Feelin’3> Pennies (on the Dollar) From Heaven2> Can’t Buy Me Love (Without a Motion to Incur Debt)and the Number 1 Song About Bankruptcy…1> To Those Whom I Owe Cash: I Can’t Pay You"
Gilbert and Sullivan were perhaps a bit more subtle in their references to the insolvency jurisdiction in their many famous operas. In Utopia, Limited Mr Goldbury sings:
In the Gondoliers the following exchange occurs:
"CAS. I, the Queen of Barataria! But I've nothing to wear! We are practically penniless! DUKE. That point has not escaped me. Although I am unhappily in straitened circumstances at present, my social influence is something enormous; and a Company, to be called the Duke of Plaza-Toro, Limited, is in course of formation to work me. An influential directorate has been secured, and I shall myself join the Board after allotment. CAS. Am I to understand that the Queen of Barataria may be called upon at any time to witness her honoured sire in process of liquidation? DUCH. The speculation is not exempt from that drawback. If your father should stop, it will, of course, be necessary to wind him up. CAS. But it's so undignified--it's so degrading! A Grandee of Spain turned into a public company! Such a thing was never heard of!"
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