Call It Democracy Lyrics

Bruce Cockburn


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Bruce Cockburn
album: Track 6 in album World of Wonders
release date: 1986
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length: 3:37
engineer: John Naslen
mix: John Naslen
composer: Bruce Cockburn
lyricist: Bruce Cockburn

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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 fuck About the people in misery

IMF dirty MF 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

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

Track Listing

  • 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