Sue Jeffers

insurgent folk

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esmerelda

esmerelda floats into the harbor
with the tall ship flotilla, 4th of July
consistent with the '86 spirit of freedom
that pinochet's death chamber
go floating by
the battleship fires a salute to the lady
and the president says how we're strong once again
and our central american friends need not
be afraid the next war we fight
we will fight til we win

shine on liberty, shine on
your torch will light the way
for the death squads and strong men
down south of the border
set up by our CIA

president reagan steps up on the stage
at a banquet to discuss the economy
consistent with the '86 spirit of freedom
the nation's wealth is growing
as far as he can see
the president says there is food here for all
as the street people die as they sleep
on the ground
out in the streets past the gates of the dining room
the homeless will die before their wealth
can trickle down

shine on liberty, shine on
your torch will light the way
for the thousands of homeless
who do not exist
as the coroner takes them away

the delegates go to the talks in geneva
to discuss limitations on our new weaponry
consistent with the '86 spirit of freedom
acceptable loss is what they think of
you and me

shine on liberty, shine on
your torch will light the way
for the cockroaches crawling on nuclear waste
enjoying the american way

copyright 1988 Sue Jeffers