“Celebration Mix”

“Celebration Mix”

for K’NAAN, with sympathy

War and famine won’t sell soft drinks:
You can’t be shoving that stuff down folks’ throats.
Everybody loves football, though,
Even those with AKs in stolen boats
And we all drink Coke,
And we all drink Coke,

And pestilence and death don’t mind
What our appetite for caffeine can’t hide.
The wider audience knows that
International business trumps national pride
And we all drink Coke,
And we all drink Coke,

And we choke back the tears of joy
That artistic integrity can’t buy.
Sing a song; sell a song: a dream.
Bring a smile: the truth just makes people cry.
And we all drink Coke,
And we all drink Coke,

And Chumbawamba once called this
“Coca-Colonisation” (with no zed)
But what do they know? Their World Cup
Song was shit; their career’s as good as dead.
And we all drink Coke,
And we all drink Coke,

And
When you get older
Your nose grows harder;
You can see farther
Than the borders that fly your flag.

Oh, when you get older,
The winters get colder;
You can’t warm your shoulders
With principles stitched to that rag.

Yeah, when you get older,
Survival guilt over:
You’re jaded, persuaded
To finally furl that flag.

Because when you get older
You will be weaker;
To speak of the future,
You must forsake that flag.

Boy, when you get older
Your wounds last for longer,
Your enemies, stronger,
After they capture your flag.

Girl, when you get older
Your bugbears grow bolder,
Your blueprints fair moulder,
Your lackeys begin to lag.

Friend, when you get older,
Your plans come to flounder,
Your points become rounder,
The winds won’t help wave your flag

And when you get older
Your heart beats hollower,
You’ll be a follower,
And you will take down your flag.

Take down your flag.
Take down your flag.
Take down your flag.
Take down your
Flag.

Appears in:
Mistaken for art or rubbish [2013]

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