Steve here. The Administration started as a guitar riff and some chords in 3/4 time. The title (and concept) was settled on rather arbitrarily, as I just wanted six syllables to sing over the chorus chords, and “the administration” fit. But once that concept was admitted it gradually grew into a full song as stanzas inspired by Brave New World and 1984 were written and rewritten.
Admin is in B major, but harmonically it borrows from both the Lydian and Locrian (diminished) modes. The opening progression is actually nothing but a move from the major chord, to the diminished, back to the major, and up to the Lydian (with an augmented 4th). I think it’s one of the more interesting chord progressions I’ve come up with, and if it imitates any existing work I’m not aware of it. That’s not to say I didn’t get help; there were two things I did consciously imitate while completing the song.
The melody in the second pre-chorus (“who keeps us greedy…”) was inspired by the theme from the Simpsons, itself a Lydian melody. And the bridge progression was adapted from the first four chords of Chim-Chim-Cheree from Mary Poppins. So there’s some Disney for ya. – Steve (PS The audio clip in the bridge is taken from the Feb. 21, 2007, session of Parliament, in which partisan bickering seemed to reach new heights. I love the bit where the Speaker of the House himself comments, “We’re wasting a lot of time”!)
Music / Lyrics: Steve Cruickshank
Production: Steve Cruickshank
Trusting your secrets to no one
Ensures that no one
Remembers your name
Just keeping tabs on the neighbours
As a neighbourly favour
We feel no shame
Our children are raised by another
By our big brother
The nanny cam shows
We struggle to pay our back taxes
As the tax man relaxes
And that’s how it goes
Leave work and go to your night job
It’s always the right job
For minimum wage
Father forgive us our debts
As we’re placing our bets
That they’ll never get paid
Who keeps us greedy
When we’re getting by?
And who keeps us down
When we wanna get high?