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oldhippie Lyr Add: My Country 'Tis of Thee (18) RE: Lyr Add: My Country 'Tis of Thee 22 Jan 17

An old parody by H.C. Dodge (1889) that may make a comeback during the Trump era.

My country 'tis of thee
Land of lost liberty,
Of thee we sing.
Land which the millionaires,
Who govern our affairs,
Own for themselves and heirs
Hail to the king.

Land once of noble braves
But now of wretched slaves
Alas! too late
We saw sweet Freedom die
From letting bribers nigh,
Our unprized suffrage buy;
Anf mourn thy fste.

Land where the wealthy few
Can make the many do
Their royal will,
And tax for selfish greed
The toilers till they bleed,'
And those not yet weak-kneed
Crash down and kill.

Land where a rogue is raised
On high and loudly praised
For worst of crimes
Of which the end, must be
A hell of cruelty,
As proved by history
Of ancient times.

My country 'tis of thee,
Betrayed by bribery,
Of thee we sing.
We might have saved thee long
Had we, when proud and strong,
Put down the cursed wrong
That makes a king.

(as published in "For Democracy, Workers, and God - Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865-95" by Clark D. Halker, 1991).

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