"Welcome To The Occupation" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Hang your collar up inside
Hang your dollar on me
Listen to the water still
Listen to the causeway
You are mad and educated
Primitive and wild
Welcome to the occupation

Here we stand and here we fight
All your fallen heroes
Held and dyed and skinned alive
Listen to the Congress fire
Offering the educated
Primitive and loyal
Welcome to the occupation

Hang your collar up inside
Hang your freedom higher
Listen to the buyer still
Listen to the Congress
Where we propagate confusion
Primitive and wild
Fire on the hemisphere below

Sugar cane and coffee cup
Copper, steel and cattle
An annotated history
The forest for the fire
Where we open up the floodgates
Freedom reigns supreme
Fire on the hemisphere below
Listen to me
Listen to me
Listen to me
Listen to me, listen to me, listen to me, listen to me

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"Welcome to the Occupation" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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    General Commentobviously this song is a prophecy about occupy wall street.
    i can't possibly see any other meaning.
    electronstormon April 23, 2012   Link
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    General Commentanyone else think this applies to the current Iraq conflict???
    ZinbobDanon April 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the US exploiting Latin America, we support governments who like us and attack those that don't. It also has a lot of references to deforestation. "Sugar cane and coffee cup
    Copper, steel and cattle" come from the rainforest and there are images of fire throughout. The Occupation is probably being one of the profiteers I suppose. I think it does apply to Iraq - both the political motivations, and the corporate/oil interest type stuff.
    Relinquo1on April 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit was about a specific occupation of a central american country...i want to say nicaragua, but it could hav been another...since i wanna say nicaragua, i also wanna say it's about the iran-contra affair a little bit...

    ...i'm probably wrong, i bet it's columbia
    ZinbobDanon May 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think the "fire on the hemisphere below" pretty much limits it to Central and South America.
    Akakuroon May 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAt the time the song was written, the "occupation" of most of Latin America was economic rather than military.
    DJacques75on December 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt can also mean that someone new to the government can get used to the bad stuff going on very easily and can become corrupted and lose their innocence.
    rockmanon January 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis was definitely written when Nicaragua was a possible target for US invasion, but there was US intervention in other Central American countries and Colombia as well, so it doesn't necessarily exclude them.

    The Reagan-era hostility towards socialist Nicaragua was rather active and included the mining of ports.

    The US actually invaded Panama just over one year after this album was released, although the US troops withdrew after only a very short "occupation".
    rikdadon November 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always heard this was about El Salvador--supposedly Stipe is on record saying so.
    -"hang your collar up inside"=possibly refers to the clerical collars worn by priests. The Liberation Theology movement within the Catholic Church claimed that the Church should support the Sandinistas and other resistance fighters in Central America (The Vatican officially disavowed this).
    -"primitive and wild"=the official insult of colonialism. Stipe is linking the current exploitation to the atrocities perpetrated by Cortes and the conquistadores.
    -"held and dyed and skinned alive"=the death squads' weapons of choice were machetes.
    -"Fire on the hemisphere below"=always reminded me of Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS in which the navy fires cannon shells into the forest for no particular reason.
    dontkillwhiteyon May 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentamazing song...
    PITONESon June 22, 2007   Link

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