“You Get What You Give” is a poor choice for a Bank commercial

For a while now, all radio commercials from The Netherlands’ second largest bank, Rabobank, prominently feature the New Radicals song “You Get What You Give”.

You Get What You Give on YouTube

I think this is a very odd choice for a bank. While I generally like the song, “You Get What You Give” does not sound like a very promising “Return on Investment”. Other lines, like “Don’t give up, you’ve got a reason to live” don’t inspire much confidence either. But there’s more. Here’s the song’s last verse.

Health insurance, rip-off flying
FDA, big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they’re multiplying
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
You’re all fakes, run to your mansions
Come around, we’ll kick your ass in

New Radicals

New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander has said in interviews that he wrote this verse as an experiment to see whether the first or the final four lines would get most attention. In the first four, he wrote about important world problems.

It specifically mentions bankers.

Roy Tanck
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