Wal-Mart

There’s a thousand acres becoming clear
Cut down the forest, the big one’s here
Cover the ground with a mass of tar
Make sure there’s room for every car
One floor half mile massive sprawl
One store wonder super mall
It’s spreading out far and wide
Taking over the countryside
Say goodbye to your forests, they’re going down
Wal-Mart is coming to town

Your sons and daughters will have a fit
At the mountains of plastic shit
Chinese prisoners will sweat and bleed
And you’ll get all the stuff you need
Walton’s children profits reap
Buying low and selling cheap
And what happens to mom and pop
Turn the key and close the shop
Say goodbye to your city, it’s shutting down
Wal-Mart is coming to town

There goes the local department store
See the diner shut it’s door
No more neighbors you can meet
More ghosts than people on the street
No more jobs with living pay
Sam Walton took it all away
Beneath fluorescent lights they’ll work you bare
The lucky ones can get on welfare
Forget your children’s cap and gown
Wal-Mart is coming to town

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Wal-Mart

“Wal-Mart” originally appears on the DVD that came with the CD, Halliburton Boardroom Massacre (2006).  I later recorded it for the Bandcamp album, Everything Can Change (2013), and that version also appears on the CD, If I Had A Hammer (2013).

Wal-Mart pretty much epitomizes everything we sensible people stand against — suburban sprawl, sweatshops overseas, low-wage retail jobs at home, the destruction of Main Streets across the country, highways, car culture, you name it.  Wal-Mart.  Bad.

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