The World Will Know (Newsies)

Outraged after publisher Joseph Pulitzer increases the cost of newspapers for the delivery boys (“newsies”) by ten cents per hundred, head newsie Jack Kelly organizes a union and ultimately a strike among his fellow newsies. This strike is known in history as the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899. The plot and lyrics of “The World Will […]

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Life Story (Closer Than Ever)

The singer discusses her life story in this song, starting with her “liberated marriage”. Many economic concepts are covered here, including: * college tuition costs * the loss of human capital (since you work less because of children) * that higher wages are earned by those with college degrees, particularly MBAs * the economic costs […]

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Simple Joys (Pippin)

The Singer is describing a couple economic issues in this song. First, despite having power and material wealth, the subject of this song isn’t happy. This song might be good to lead into a discussion of the diminishing marginal utility of money or wealth. It also illustrates trade-offs, as the singer asks a series of […]

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Gold (Once)

In this love song in Once, “Guy” sings to “Girl”. He wouldn’t trade her for gold. He also discusses what would happen if “your life were gold” with the question, “how long do you think you’d stay living?” This song presents nice examples of tradeoffs, but where it really adds a unique voice is to […]

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