The Marching Song of the Covert Battalions Lyrics

Billy Bragg


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 : 2 users have visited this page.
length: 4:03
pipe organ: Lorraine Bowen
piano: Lorraine Bowen
sopranino recorder: Lorraine Bowen
electric guitar: Billy Bragg
drums: Charlie Llewellin
cymbals: Charlie Llewellin
bass guitar: Wiggy
clarinet: Lorraine Bowen
accordion: Lorraine Bowen
vocal: Grant Showbiz, Wiggy, Billy Bragg

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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

  • 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