Business Lyrics - Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger Broadside Ballads Volume 2 cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1963-1-1
length: 2:07
translator: Walter Lowenfels
composer: Pete Seeger
Two million bushels of North African grain
Resold to Germany for Swiss francs,
Paid for by a consortium of banks
With a deal in futures that the Stock Exchange
Unloads for coffee from Brazilian uplands
Destined for Paris, Before the whole deal sinks,
The checks written in indelible inks
Outrace Atlantic's winter hurricanes.

At last the coffee arrives, also the wheat,
Needless to say, the deal was a success.
Who can deny that all of us have gained?
Our benefactors? Three trusts. They compete
For honor, glory, power and of course,
Profits, where all happiness is contained.

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CD 1
  • 1 Little Boxes
  • 2 Fare Thee Well
  • 3 Never Turn Back, We'll Never Turn Back
  • 4 The Willing Conscript
  • 5 The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
  • 6 Who Killed Davey Moore?
  • 7 I Ain't A-Scared Of Your Jail
  • 8 What Did You Learn In School Today?
  • 9 A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
  • 10 The Thresher
  • 11 William Moore, The Mailman
  • 12 Business
  • 13 The Song Of The Punch Press Operator
  • 14 The Ballad Of Lou Marsh