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Pete Seeger performs “What Did You Learn In School Today” 《今天在学校学了什么?》[Youku.com / Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs]]

Posted in Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs, 中文-英文 / Bilingual ~ English-Chinese on January 31, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

A classic tune, particularly in 2014 as war-mongering Anglo imperialists are going to horrifying lengths to try to rehabilitate their mad criminal butchery of WWI. – Zuo Shou

Video link with no lyrics: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjQxODg0MTcy.html

Video link with lyrics in English and Mandarin Chinese, but overall audio/video quality is inferior to prior link: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjkwNTEwMDI4.html

Lyrics — http://lyrics.wikia.com/Pete_Seeger:What_Did_You_Learn_In_School_Today%3F

What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?

I learned that Washington never told a lie.
I learned that soldiers seldom die.
I learned that everybody’s free,
And that’s what the teacher said to me.
Chorus
That’s what I learned in school today,
That’s what I learned in school.

What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned that policemen are my friends.
I learned that justice never ends.
I learned that murderers die for their crimes
Even if we make a mistake sometimes.
Chorus

What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned our Government must be strong;
It’s always right and never wrong;
Our leaders are the finest men
And we elect them again and again.
Chorus

What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
What did you learn in school today,
Dear little boy of mine?
I learned that war is not so bad;
I learned about the great ones we have had;
We fought in Germany and in France
And someday I might get my chance.
Chorus

“Allentown” by Billy Joel – lyrics [Metrolyrics.com / Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs]

Posted in Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs on May 5, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Recently I was listening to “Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2”, and this song really impressed me, it’s difficult for me to think of a mainstream tune that better describes the US’ de-industrialization in the ’80s, leading to domestic social decline amid the general quagmire of neo-liberal “globalization”. I really like the line “They threw an Am-eri-i-can flag in our face.” – Zuo Shou

Well we’re living here in Allentown
And they’re closing all the factories down
Out in Bethlehem they’re killing time
Filling out forms
Standing in line
Well our fathers fought the Second World War
Spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore
Met our mothers in the USO
Asked them to dance
Danced with them slow

And we’re living here in Allentown

But the restlessness was handed down
And it’s getting very hard to stay

Well we’re waiting here in Allentown
For the Pennsylvania we never found
For the promises our teachers gave
If we worked hard
If we behaved

So the graduations [sic] hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No they never taught us what was real
Iron and coke
And chromium steel

And we’re waiting here in Allentown

But they’ve taken all the coal from the ground
And the union people crawled away

Every child had a pretty good shot
To get at least as far as their old man got
But something happened on the way to that place
They threw an American flag in our face

Well I’m living here in Allentown
And it’s hard to keep a good man down
But I won’t be getting up today

And we’re living here in Allentown

Lyrics link: http://www.metrolyrics.com/allentown-lyrics-billy-joel.html

“White Riot” by The Clash – on the occasion of the England Riots, August 2011 [Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs / Sing365.com]

Posted in Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs, U.K. on August 11, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

I love the final verse, it’s words to live by. I was going with “London Calling” as the song to dedicate, but “White Riot” edges it out. Suddenly, The Clash’s essentials provide the soundtrack of Summer 2011 – Zuo Shou

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White riot – I wanna riot
White riot – a riot of my own
White riot – I wanna riot
White riot – a riot of my own

Black people gotta lot a problems
But they don’t mind throwing a brick
White people go to school
Where they teach you how to be thick

An’ everybody’s doing
Just what they’re told to
An’ nobody wants
To go to jail!

White riot – I wanna riot
White riot – a riot of my own
White riot – I wanna riot
White riot – a riot of my own

All the power’s in the hands
Of people rich enough to buy it
While we walk the street
Too chicken to even try it

Everybody’s doing
Just what they’re told to
Nobody wants
To go to jail!

White riot – I wanna riot
White riot – a riot of my own
White riot – I wanna riot
White riot – a riot of my own

Are you taking over
or are you taking orders?
Are you going backwards
Or are you going forwards?

“God Save the Queen” by the Sex Pistols – A lyrical kiss-off to the whole Royal Family on the Royal Wedding Day [Sing365.com / Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs]

Posted in Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs, U.K. on April 29, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

See the video here

“God Save the Queen”

by the Sex Pistols

God save the queen
The fascist regime
They made you a moron
Potential H-bomb

God save the queen
She ain’t no human being
There is no future
In England’s dreaming

Don’t be told what you want
Don’t be told what you need
There’s no future, no future,
No future for you

God save the queen
We mean it man
We love our queen
God saves

God save the queen
‘Cause tourists are money
And our figurehead
Is not what she seems

Oh God save history
God save your mad parade
Oh Lord God have mercy
All crimes are paid

When there’s no future
How can there be sin
We’re the flowers in the dustbin
We’re the poison in your human machine
We’re the future, your future

God save the queen
We mean it man
We love our queen
God saves

God save the queen
We mean it man
And there is no future
In England’s dreaming Continue reading

Edwin Starr’s “War” – As Libya’s bombed with cruise missiles, and the people of warmongering govt’s are cruelly mis-led…again [Oldielyrics.com / Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs]

Posted in Libya, Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs on March 20, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Edwin Starr “War”

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, y’all

War, huh, good God
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

Ohhh, war, I despise
Because it means destruction
Of innocent lives…

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The Leader by The Clash, dedicated to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [Sing365.com / Sweet and Sour Socialism Songs]

Posted in Italy, Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs on January 20, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Recently I was listening the Clash’s lefty-classic 1980 album “Sandanista!”, and the track “The Leader” jumped out at me. It seemed so perfect in capturing the particular tone of Italian Prime Minister and media monopolist Silvio Berlusconi’s bourgeois, ultra-sleazy and corrupt antics in the age of Wikileaks. – Zuo Shou 左手

“The Leader” lyrics
by The Clash

Atom secrets, secret leaflet
Have the boys found the leak yet?
The molehill sets the wheel in motion
His downfall picks up locomotion

The people must have something good to read on a Sunday

The leader’s wife takes a government car
In the dark to meet her minister
But the leader never leaves his door ajar
As he swings his whip from the Boer War

He wore a leather mask for his dinner guests
Totally nude and with deep respect
Proposed a toast to the votes he gets
The feeling of power and the thought of sex!

Now the girl let the fat man touch her
Vodka fumes and the feel of a vulture
The driver waited in the embassy car
The fat man’s trap was set for capture
So the girl let the thin man touch her
Mixing questions, drunken laughter
The ministry car was waiting there
A minister knows his own affair

The people must have something good to read on a Sunday
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Lyrics link: http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/The-Leader-lyrics-The-Clash/86C341125AF347F9482568AB00300722

The Minutemen “This Ain’t No Picnic” [Youku.com / Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs]

Posted in Sweet & Sour Socialism Songs on December 27, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

See Ronnie Reagan vs. The Minutemen, circa 1984!

Video link: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTUxNjIxODIw.html

One of the greatest, certainly most succinct anti-wage-slavery songs, shared on the 25th anniversary of the passing of Minutemen front man D. Boon. – Zuo Shou 左手

“This Ain’t No Picnic” lyrics
(Boon)

Working on the edge
losing my self respect
for a man who presides over me
the principles of his creed
punch in punch out
8 hours, 5 days
sweat pain and agony
on friday I’ll get paid

this ain’t no picnic
this ain’t no picnic
this ain’t no picnic
this ain’t no picnic

Hey mister don’t look down on me
for what I believe
I got my bills and the rent
I should pitch a tent
but our land is not free
so I’ll work my youth away
in the place of a machine
I refuse to be a slave

this ain’t no picnic
this ain’t no picnic
this ain’t no picnic
this ain’t no picnic

Lyrics link, extracted from page titled “‘Double Nickels on the Dime’ Complete Lyrics”: http://www.shortwaverockin.com/?p=65