"Say U, Say V" (The Chief Economist Anthem)


Chief Economist Knut Anton Mork at Handelsbanken Capital Markets is one of Norways leading economists. He’s usually a pretty serious guy, but at a conference a few weeks ago he surprised everyone by make a musical final statement.

Mr. Mork had written a new lyric to the famous Lionel Richie song “Say you, say me”.

“Say U, say V”

Here’s the original performance:

(Nice, but he should probably keep his day job…..)

“The song is really about friendship. The idea came to me when I was talking on the phone with an american friend about the recession and U-shaped or V-shaped recovery”, he says according to the Norwegian web site DN.no.

“There’s so much boring stuff in this business. It’s okay to have a little fun sometimes”, he adds.

You can sing along – here’s the lyrics:

Say U, Say V

Text: Knut Anton Mork
Original title: “Say you, say me”
Music: Lionel Richie

Say U, Say V
Ending recession
That’s the way it should be

Say U, Say V
Recovering together


I had a dream
A great exuberant dream
Derivatives markets
Floating in the dark
No oversight
No transparency
From behind the walls of doubt
A voice was crying out


As we go down the market’s highway
Seems the hardest thing to do
is to find that insight true
That analyst
Someone who understands
When recession bottoms out
You’ve got someone there to shout
I’ll show you


So you think you know the answers
Oh no
Economics quite confusing
That’s right
I’m telling you
It’s time to start believin’
Oh yes
In fundamental growth
In true stability



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