Monday, March 15, 2010

Not much has changed...

"Capitol Air"
Allen Ginsberg
Frankfurt-New York
December 15, 1980

I don't like the government where I live
I don't like dictatorship of the Rich
I dion't like bureaucrats telling me what to eat
I dont' like Police dogs sniffing round my feet
I don't like Communist Censorship of my books
I don't like Marxists complaining about my looks
I don't like Castro insulting members of my sex
Leftists insisting we got the mystic Fix
I don't like Capitalists selling me gasoline Coke
Multinationals burning Amazon trees to smoke
Big Corporation takeover media mind
I don't like the Top-bananas that're robbing Guatemala
banks blind
I don't like K.G.B. Gulag concentration camps
I don't like Maoists' Cambodian Death Dance
15 Million were killed by Stalin Secretary of Terror
He has killed our old Red Revolutionary for ever
I don't like Anarchists screaming Love Is Free
I don't like the C.I.A. they killed John Kennedy
Paranoiac tanks sit in Prague and Hungary
But I don't like counterrevolution paid for by the C.I.A.
Tyranny in Turkey or Korea Nineteen Eighty
I don't like Right Wing Death Squad Democracy
Police State Iran NIcaragua yesterday
Laissez-faire please Government keep your secret police offa me
I don't like Nationalist Supremacy White or Black
I don't like Narcs & Mafia marketing Smack
The General bullying Congress in his tweed vest
The President building up his Armies East & West
I don't like Argentine police assassinating Jews
Government Terrorists takeover Salvador news
I don't like Zionists acting Nazi Storm Troop
Palestine Liberation cooking Israel into Moslem soup
I don't like the Crown's Official Secrets Act
You can get away with murder in the Government that's a fact
Security cops teargassing radical kids
In Switzerland or Czechoslovakia god Forbids
In America it's Attica in Russia it's Lubianka Wall
In China if you disappear you wouldn't know yourself at all
Arise Arise you citizens of the world use your lungs
Talk back to the Tyrants all they're afraid of is your tongues
Two hundred Billion dollars inflates World War
In United States every year They're asking for more
Russia's got as much in tanks and laser planes
Give or take Fifty Billion we can blow out everybody's brains
School's broke down 'cause Histroy changes every night
Half the Free World nations are Dictatorships of the Right
The only place socialism works is in astericks bud
The Communist world's stuck together with prisoner's blood
The Generals say they know something worth fighting for
They never say what till they start an unjsut war
Iranian hostage Media Hysteria sucks
The Shah ran away with 9 Billion Iranian bucks
Col. Roosevelt and his U.S. dollars overthrew Mossadeq
They wanted his oil then they got Ayatollah's dreck
They put in the Shah and they trained his police the Savak
All Iran was out hostage quarter-century That's right Jack
Bishop Romero wrote President Carter to stop
Guns to El Salvador's Junta so he got shot
Ambassador White blew the whistle on the White House lies
Reagan called him home cause he looked in dead nuns' eyes
Half the voters didn't vote they knew it was too late
Newspaper headlines called it a big Mandate
Some people voted for Reagan eyes open wide
3 out of 4 didn't vote for him That's a Landslide
Truth may be hard to find but Falsehood's easy
Read between the lines out Imperialism is sleazy
If you think the People'e State is your Heart's Desire
Jump right back in the frying pan from the fire
The System the System in Russia & China the same
Criticize the System in Budapest lose your name
Coca Cola Pepsi Cola in Russia & China come true
Krushchev yelled in Hollywood "We will bury You"
America and Russia want to bomb themselves Okay
Everybody dead on both sides Everybody pray
All except the Generals in caves where they can hide
And fuck each other in the ass waiting for the next free ride
No hope Communism no hope Capitalism Yeah
Everybody's lying on both sides Nyeah nyeah nyeah
The bloody iron curtain of American Military Power
Is a mirror image of Russia's red Babel-Tower
Jesus Christ was spotless but was Crucified by the Mob
Law & Order Herod's hired soldiers did the job
Flowerpower's fine but innocence has got no Protection
The man who shot John Lennon had a Hero-worshipper's
The moral of this song is that the world is in a horrible place
Scientific Industry devours the human race
Police in every country armed with Tear Gas & TV
Secret Masters everywhere bureacrtize for you & me
Terrorists and polce together build an upperclass Rage
Propaganda murder manipulates the middlesclass Stage
Can't tell the difference 'tween a turkey & a provocateur
If you'r feeling confused the Government's in there for sure
Aware Aware wherever you are No Fear
Trust your heart Don't ride your Paranoia death
Breathe together with an ordinary mind

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