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Thread #2664   Message #3075587
Posted By: janemick
16-Jan-11 - 07:19 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: America, We Stand Against You
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: America, We Stand Against You
This was recorded by Martin Carthy (The Kershaw Sessions)
here is some info I downloaded about it (sorry I forget the source)

"Aux anciens parapets is a poem by Miles Wooton, a savage bit of satire on American fatcattery, spoken over a tour de force rendering of the Harry Lime Theme from The Third Man, a tune for the zither by Anton Caras. An air of sauntering menace.
The title is taken from Rimbaud's Le bateau ivre: "Je regrette l'Europe aux anciens parapets!"

For chewing gum, cola, brunch burgers and rye

America

Honor tarts, Sinatra, Mom's apple pie

America
For the death of the buffalo, the birth of the blues,
For high balls and hot dogs and bootlegger's booze

Honest John, Minuteman, Trident and Cruise

America

Dumbo, Rambo, Bonzo, Sue Ellen, J.R.

America

For Elvis and Bing and the Cadillac car

America
For space age technology, for stone age finesse,
For getting us all in one hell of a mess,
With your God save America, God damn the rest

America

Nixon, Kissinger, bombs in Vietnam

America

That sly red-necked huckster they call Uncle Sam

America
For the sake of the thousands of children who died,
For your generals, your senators, your presidents who lied,
For their Mickey Mouse morals, Neanderthal pride

America

Showbiz and all of the razzamatazz

America
Uncle Toms cabin, chain gang, Alcatraz

America
Peanuts, popcorn, B movies and glamour parades,
Las Vegas, and crap and amusement arcades
Ku Klux Klan, Billy Graham and moral crusades

America

We stand against you