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John’s heavy short against Sebvis has failed terribly and he has brought Spring Tree capital to the point of ruin and maybe the ruin of his marriage. He is wracked with self-loathing and remembers his docker father taunting him as a kid for daring to try a career in finance with ‘the bankers and the toffs’.


I can’t fucking believe my stupidity
The market’s invisible hand
Down my trousers all my life
Every ambition I’ve had
Proving something to my Dad
Now I’ll struggle to get by

Where is the enemy?
Is it inside of me?
Or is it simply
The 1%?

I can’t fucking feel, it’s dead inside of me
Everything I had
I’ve blown it on that deal
And now there’s nothing left
Of the executive safety net
The fund’s crashed with me behind the wheel.

Where is the enemy
Is it the economy?
Or does it belong to
The 1%?

David: It’s a game, mate, you took it all too seriously.

Ruth: This isn’t what you promised me and the children John. We’re going to lose our house aren’t we?

Ruth will surely leave me
Helen speaks the truth
Maybe she’ll redeem me if I ask

I can’t fucking stand inner conflict anymore
Park my conscience at the door
On my way to work each day
All I made was money
Short-term profit’s all I’m worth
Will Helen take me anyway?

Make it all go away
Make me go away

Fuck it


from Canary Wharf: The Rock Opera (full theatrical work), released April 25, 2023
Narrator: Isabel Adomakoh Young
John: Sam Price
John’s Dad: Jeremy Boyle
David: Simon Pitts
Ruth: Olivia Dowd

Song: I Can’t F*cking Stand Myself
Music written & performed by: Mark Gardiner, Nicole Skeltys
Vox: Andrew Coates
Additional drum programming: Mat Watson
Mix: Simon Polinksi
Master: Jon Astley


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Nicole Skeltys has released 12 albums in styles ranging from electronica, indie, psychedelia and folk rock. This page hosts all her releases after her giddy B(if)tek and Artificial late ‘90s/ early noughties doofin’ days - these early techno releases have their own Bandcamp pages. ... more

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