Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  


Notes: by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1967 by the author. From page 91 of the collection "Inscriptions on a Ginger Jar," printed in the songbook The Muse of Parker Street.

We've landed in a very strange confusion
     Who once commanded all the world's attention
     For something that I hardly dare to mention--
We had a revolution.

From books I read I gather the impression
     We headed up the world in proper manner,
     The Bill of Rights our fair and shining banner--
But now we're at the tail of the procession.

We coax informers from the ditch and stable
     And they become our twentieth century heroes,
     And purse-mad fools and diplomatic zeros
Become our voices at the council table.

Freedoms we won are laid by on deposit,
     The horror picture book becomes our culture,
     Our symbol is the new atomic vulture,
And liberty's the skeleton in the closet.

We've landed in some very strange confusions,
     Who once had universal admiration,
     Now we appear, a proud and giant nation,
Bound, gagged and led by our own Lilliputians.

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