Hey, yeah, yeah,
I've got to scam.
Got to scam.
Got to scam.

You say you fight to give us freedom
But often more than not this is abused,
And the faces of a tired generation
Have decided they are sick of being used.
For the purpose of the common declarations -
Still the same, it'll never change until the end -
Is to buy appreciation of the nation
To cover the mistakes you must defend.

And you say there'll be a chance for everyone
To protest against your calculated greed.
But I can see it in the future
Won't be long before the welfare
Send me letters telling me how much they need.

And it's not been in my interest to please them,
For the only interest rate to fall is mine!
See a brand new generation is demanding,
What you been doing with our money all this time?

    'Cause now I've got to scam!
    People try
    Living life at speed of light.
    Don't know why,
    But I have to do the things I do.
    Gimme ten, that's the move I give you five.
    People say that it's the way to stay alive.
    Scam it.
    Hey, I know I've got to scam.
    I know I've got to scam.

S-s-so you see, you have to be a schemer
If you want to love the life you have to live.
And it don't matter how much that I earn,
'Cause I always get my fingers burned
When The Man gets down to his business.

And I've been sear-sear-searching for a reason,
Why I have to give it all up just when I want to get ahead.
See I had to lose car, job, wife dog and home,
Debts and threats on the telephone,
Maybe I should bust a move instead.

Hey, now we all know when we watch the television,
Not confused between a puppet or conviction.
Glued to the screen by a thousand shallow words of wisdom,
It ain't what it seems when it's a single-sided system.

Hey, someone's got a hold on my living!
I'm gonna have to do the thing that's fair.
They've got to justify for what I should be giving.
Should I lie, should I steal or should I care?

Hey, because I've got to scam.
Scamming your life away.

    Hey, scam!
    People try
    Living life at speed of light.
    Don't know why,
    But I have to do the things I do.
    Scam! Hey,
    Everybody's got to scam and scam,
    Ooh, bust that move and think that you can
    Scam.               (Right on!)


Hey hey hey,
Hey hey, hey hey,
Now I got to scam.
Got to scam to get me through
Every day,
Got to scam.
Got to scam,
I've got to scam.
Scamming for everyday,
Scamming for all my life,
Scam enough to pay my way, hey.
I've got to scam
No nine-to-five
Gotta stay alive.
Got to keep it all.
Hey, I've got to scam,


Hey yeah.



  • Lyrics - lyrics to the music
  • Bootlegs - Jamiroquai as they should be heard - live