Billy Bragg - The Marching Song of the Covert Battalions Lyrics

Billy Bragg The Internationale cover art
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Here we are seeking out the reds
Trying to keep the communists in order
Just remember when you're sleeping in your beds
They're only two days drive from the Texas border

How can a country large as ours
Be scared of such a threat
Well if they won't work for us
They're against us you can bet
They may be sovereign countries
But you folks at home forget
That they all want what we've got
But they don't know it yet

Tra-la-la-la, tra-la-la-la, tra-la-la-la
We're making the world safe for capitalism

Here we come with our candy and our guns
And our corporate muscle marches in behind us
For freedom's just another word for nothing left to sell
And if you want narcotics we can get you those as well

We help the multi-nationals
When they cry out protect us
The locals scream and shout a bit
But we don't let that affect us
We're here to lend a helping hand
In case they don't elect us
How dare they buy our products
Yet still they don't respect us

Tra-la-la-la, tra-la-la-la, tra-la-la-la
We're making the world safe for capitalism

If you thought the army
Was here protecting people like yourself
I've some news for you
We're here to defend wealth
Away with nuns and bishops
The good lord will help those that help themselves
I've some news for you
We're here to defend wealth

Tra-la-la-la, tra-la-la-la, tra-la-la-la
We're making the world safe for capitalism
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Internationale
  • 2 I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night
  • 3 The Marching Song of the Covert Battalions
  • 4 Blake's Jerusalem
  • 5 Nicaragua Nicaraguita
  • 6 The Red Flag
  • 7 My Youngest Son Came Home Today


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Billy Bragg
    album: Track 3 in album The Internationale
    release date: 1990-5
    popularity : 45 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock
    length: 4:03
    vocal: Billy Bragg, Wiggy and Grant Showbiz
    electric guitar: Billy Bragg
    bass guitar: Wiggy
    drums & cymbals: Charlie Llewellin
    pipe organ & clarinet & sopranino recorder & piano & accordion: Lorraine Bowen
    composer: Billy Bragg
    lyricist: Billy Bragg
    Album Information
    label: Utility Records
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin