Call It Democracy Lyrics

Bruce Cockburn


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Bruce Cockburn
album: Track 1 in album World of Wonders
release date: 1986
popularity : 7 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Acoustic/Classic Rock
length: 3:54

Cover Art

Bruce Cockburn World of Wonders cover art
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Padded with power here they come
International loan sharks backed by the guns
Of market hungry military profiteers
Whose word is a swamp and whose brow is smeared
With the blood of the poor

Who rob life of its quality
Who render rage a necessity
By turning countries into labour camps
Modern slavers in drag as champions of freedom

Sinister cynical instrument
Who makes the gun into a sacrament
The only response to the deification
Of tyranny by so-called "developed" nations'
Idolatry of ideology

North south east west
Kill the best and buy the rest
It's just spend a buck to make a buck
You don't really give a flying ****
About the people in misery

I-M-F dirty M-F
Takes away everything it can get
Always making certain that there's one thing left
Keep them on the hook with insupportable debt

See the paid-off local bottom feeders
Passing themselves off as leaders
Kiss the ladies shake hands with the fellows
Open for business like a cheap bordello

And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy

See the loaded eyes of the children too
Trying to make the best of it the way kids do
One day you're going to rise from your habitual feast
To find yourself staring down the throat of the beast
They call the revolution

I-M-F dirty M-F
Takes away everything it can get
Always making certain that there's one thing left
Keep them on the hook with insupportable debt

And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Call It Democracy
  • 2 Lily of the Midnight Sky
  • 3 World of Wonders
  • 4 Berlin Tonight
  • 5 People See Through You
  • 6 See How I Miss You
  • 7 Santiago Dawn
  • 8 Dancing in Paradise
  • 9 Down Here Tonight