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Billy Bragg — Everywhere

Dig in boys for an extended stay
Those were the final orders to come down that day
Waiting to be saved in the Philippines
You’ll wait forever for the young Marines

Now I believe to be here is right
But I have to say that I’m scared tonight
Crouching in this hole with a mouth full of sand
What comes first
the country or the man

Look at those slanted eyes coming up over the hill
Catching us by suprise
it’s time to kill or be killed

Over here
over there
it’s the same everywhere
A boy cries out for his mama before he dies for his home

All my life I wanted to be
As clever and strong as my best friend Lee
We grew up together along half Moon Bay
Lee was Japanese
born in the USA

When Tommy was fighting Jerry along the River Seine
Me and Lee we wanted to do the same
Then they bombed Pearl Harbor at the break of day
I was headed for these islands when Lee was hauled away

They said look at his slanted eyes

he’s guilty as guilty can be
Sent here as enemy spies to sabotage the Land of the Free

I never got home
my platoon was never saved
That little fox hole became my island grave
Lee got out of jail but a prisoner he remained
Till he ended his own life to lose that ball and chain

And they said
Oh Little Slanted Eyes
can’t you forgive and forget
And he said
Oh Mr Friendly Ghost
Can you catch water in a net?