Capitalism Must Die
 



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words by John Newlands and Rachael Charbonneau
music by John Newlands
tenor saxophone: Michael McArthur
trombone: Blair McNally
trumpet: Nick Ross
image by Stephanie McMillan
 
 

1 - Sing This Bird To Life

System says leave no shiny rock unturned
System says leave no drop of oil unburned

Capitalism is the way
To turn the planet grey
But to hope it'll be okay
Is to think there's no enemy

The gods are not around
The gods are not around

To sing this bird to life
So we will have to
Sing this bird to life
We will have to

Commodify until there is nothing left
Steal the sky and sell it by the breath

The toil vampires realize
When workers organize
This scheme of theft and lies
Is going to be swept away

The goddesses won't be enough
The goddesses won't be enough

To sing this bird to life
So we will have to
Sing this bird to life
We will have to

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2 - Easy Money

With a gun
The north and south and east and west were won
The ruthless ones
Sure as hell know how to get shit done
And how to make that easy money
How to make that easy money

When capitalists throw their weight around
It's development, it's progress
When we resist being kept down
We risk a downward change of address
The euphemism of choice
Does not change what's real

With a gun
The land and sea and air and life were won
The ruthless ones
Sure as hell know how to get shit done
And how to make that easy money
How to make that easy money

When capitalists destroy the land
It's productive and it's crucial
When the workers disrupt the plan
We impede business as usual
Capitalist crazy talk
Does not change what's real

With a gun
Are taken workers' sweat and blood and time
The ruthless ones
Sure as hell know how to do their crimes
And how to make that easy money
How to make that easy money

When capitalists declare their reign
They come flashing bits of paper
Scattered, not yet able to lose our chains
We're compelled to sell our labour
The explanations they give
Do not change what's real

With a gun
The north and south and east and west were won
The ruthless ones
Sure as hell know how to get shit done
And how to make that easy money
How to make that easy money

When capitalists give back a tiny bit
They say it's generous, it's selfless
When we say the capitalists are full of it
They say we're lazy, say we're jealous
The satisfaction they feel
Does not change what's real

With a gun
The land and sea and air and life were won
The ruthless ones
Sure as hell know how to get shit done
And how to make that easy money
How to make that easy money

When capitalists poison the water
It's to remain a prosperous nation
If we dare oppose the slaughter
We're clashing with "civilization"
A lie told thousands of times
Does not change what's real

With a gun
The north and south and east and west were won
The ruthless ones
Sure as hell know how to get shit done
And how to make that easy money
How to make that easy money
How to make that easy money
That easy money
With a gun
The land and sea and air and life were won

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3 - Squabble

Politicians pillow fight
While the state with all its might
Holds the land in trust
But not for us
Holds it as plans are laid
For profit to be made
That turns the land to dust
Turns the land to dust

And while the workers toil
Bandits with their boats squabble over the spoils
Squabble over the spoils
Squabble over

Pacifists turn a cheek
But we're too far up the creek
It's all a deadly con
We have been led on
This system will kill us all
If we wait for it to fall
It cannot be reformed
Cannot be reformed

And while the planet burns
Terrorists with tanks maximize their returns
Maximize their returns
And squabble over

And in their wretched mess
Dow Jones and his drones look for ways to invest
Look for ways to invest
And squabble over

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4 - Capitalism Must Die

Capitalism is destruction
Capitalism is misery
Capitalism is an affliction
Capitalism is the enemy

Capitalism must die

Capitalism is empire
Capitalism is the man
Capitalism is enclosure
Capitalism is stolen land

Capitalism must die

Capitalism is global warming
Capitalism is extinction
Capitalism is greenwashing
Capitalism is invasion
Capitalism is privatization
Capitalism is supply side
Capitalism is genocide
Capitalism is omnicide

Capitalism must die

Capitalism is police state
Capitalism is pornography
Capitalism is prostitution
Capitalism is atomization
Capitalism is violation
Capitalism is thug justice
Capitalism is surveillance
Capitalism is commodification
Capitalism is wage theft
Capitalism is expropriation
Capitalism is dispossession
Capitalism is exploitation
Capitalism is domination
Capitalism is inequality
Capitalism is armed robbery
Capitalism is poverty

Capitalism must die

Capitalism is not reformable
Capitalism is not sustainable
Capitalism is not inevitable
Capitalism is not unbeatable
Capitalism is not ethical
Capitalism is not logical

Capitalism must die

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5 - The Workers And The Thief

Dawn to dusk we're on our feet
For not enough now to make ends meet
It's a rigged game we play
And it always goes your way
This arrangement suits you fine
Steal our work yeah and steal our time
It's as rotten and absurd
As a politician's word

We're the workers
And you're a thief
In the real world
Somewhere beyond belief

Not one thing gets done
Your industries don't run
Not without our labour
We're the workers
And you're a thief

The more we give, the more you take
Accelerate now until we break
The carrot and the stick
The wars and the rhetoric
You want the whole world enclosed
And then you say that's the way it goes
Happy to take
Everything we make

We're the workers
And you're a thief
In the real world
Somewhere beyond belief

What is it you do
To get shit named after you
You profit-mad exploiter
We're the workers
And you're a thief

We are bound but we will be free
This is only temporary
We are bound but we will be free
This is only temporary

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6 - Ship In A Bottle

Ship in a bottle
And a crew confused
Sky on wires
Keeps us amused

No new horizon
No wind of change
No revolution
Course set in vain

Break the glass that holds us back
Motion is what we lack

'Cause a ship in a bottle
Will never get us anywhere
A ship in a bottle
Will never get us anywhere

Ship in a bottle
No haven here
Spellbound and waiting
Disarmed by fear

Nothing is perfect
And will never be
Learn as we fall and rise
Out on the sea

Deck chair badass, are you brave?
Learn to struggle through the waves

'Cause a ship in a bottle
Will never get us anywhere
Close to where we need to go
A ship in a bottle
Will never get us anywhere
Close to where we need to go

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7 - When The Oil Hits The Fan

Army Corps Of Engineers
Kill the bees and flash chill the beer
B-47 chiseled from the steel blue sky
Your 50s heaven will not fit in the plans
When the oil hits the fan

Sci-fi boys won't save the day
Or help the poor their government made
Middle class daydream faded as a hippie shirt
Cheering for the home team won't steady trembling hands
When the oil hits the fan
When the oil hits the fan
When the oil hits the fan
When the oil hits the fan

If this is the end of days
We still don't want the bandits to have it their way
If this is the end of days
We still don't want the liars to take us for prey
If this is the end of days
We still don't want the cowards to have it their way
If this is the end of days
We still don't want exploiters to take us for prey
If this is the end of days
We still don't want polluters to have it their way
If this is the end of days
We still don't want oppressors to take us for prey
If this is the end of days
We still don't want the fuckers to have it their way

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1 - Sing This Bird To Life
2-  Easy Money
3 - Squabble
4 - Capitalism Must Die
5 - The Workers And The Thief
6 - Ship In A Bottle
7 - When The Oil Hits The Fan

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