Make Profit For Us (The Immigrant Song)

Posted on Apr 1, 2019

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the ‘homeopathic dilution’ of the Dutch population as a result of immigration; the loss of our national identity, our history and our values. One solution would be to close our borders, but wouldn’t it be better to use the power of education to learn immigrants about all things Dutch? About the principles, the values and the ancestors we hold most dear? In only three minutes, because, you know, time is money and all.

Since writing music and/or keeping tune do not come natural to us, you can sing along these lyrics to “King Herod’s Song” from the hit musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Of course, if you have a great voice or want to compose your own music to these lyrics, feel free to use them! (Please let us know though, because we would love to hear your creation!)

Thank you for your time and now, please get back to work before this turns into a serious case of art.

Yours sincerely,
Arnout Brokking, Olga Ponjee & Camilla Maltas (the writers)

Make Profit For Us
(The Immigrant Song)

We are overjoyed
To meet you face to face
You have come to – might we say?
Quite an awesome place
Great explorers
By bicycle and bus
For money won’t buy happiness
Except if you are us

Cause, we are the Dutch
We’re the hard working Dutch
Think that taxes are a bore?
That’s why we’re rich
And you are poor
We are a small land
But united we stand
If there’s profit for us

We ruled our colonies
And took the world by sea
Got rich while others
Picked our opium and tea
No-one back then
Would call that slavery
They loved their song
They loved their dance
They loved to work for free

Cause, we are the Dutch
We’re the down to earth Dutch
Please be normal for our sake
It’s all the crazy we can take
Don’t be like yourselves
Be like everyone else
And make profit for us

Who were the masters
Of the Golden Age in art?
Who made Vermeer the rage
And Rembrandt dress so smart?
Oh don’t you bother
With all this “feeling” stuff
We like you as an artist
When your work sells well enough

Cause we are the Dutch
We’re the art loving Dutch
Cut your ear right off your head
You’ll make more money when you’re dead
Why do you look so pale?
Look at this fun for sale
Where is our profit for us?

Don’t you say we’re passé
That we’re not in the game

We were kings
We ruled it all
We made the world our shopping mall

Now is our time
Sit front row for a dime
And make profit for –
Make all the money for –
Make all this profit for us!