"Bought and Sold" as written by and Dar Williams....
Well we're heading for a past that you leave not defend
Where the downtowns hold the sadness of you can't go back again

It's there you'll find the rust and debtors
Motel signs with missing letters
Cause there's a monster on the outskirts
Says it knows what your town needs
Then it eats it up like nothing and it won't spit out the seeds
And we can be the super shoppers
We can say we're really smart
We can say our town is doing fine without a beating heart

We can even say the money saved is all our own
It's bought and sold, it's bought and sold
And we're heading for a nasty business, keeps our country growing
Where the weapons that we're selling are the only seeds we're sowing

You get to blow the fruits of all your labors
Sell F-16's to all the neighbors
And we know that it's for money
And that's how the west gets bargained
You the know the last time this happened
Even Vietnam got jargoned
And you can say they're out to hunt you
You can say they're out to fish you
You can join a gang of restless boys
Or start your own militia
You can even say your violence is all your own
It's bought and sold, it's bought and sold
Well I look up to the people who are less bought than I

You can show them what you're selling
And they'll only ask you why
And their paychecks don't have lots of zeros
They're my friends and they're my heroes
And the TV sets are angry 'cause they just can't make 'em pay
But I like the way these people read the signs and walk away

And we can call ourselves the makers
And the keepers of the times
We can spend our sand dollars
And sand nickels and sand dimes
We can even say prosperity is all our own
It's bought and sold, it's bought and sold
We can even say our loneliness is all our own
It's bought and sold, it's bought and sold
It's bought and sold, it's bought and sold

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    General CommentThis is basically anti-consumerism and telling people about how we're all just bought and sold in a capitalistic market.

    If found this interview regarding the song:

    OV: There's also an element of anti-consumerism in your work- especially on this album's "Bought and Sold," which is an anti-Wal-Mart song. What is that coming out of?

    Dar: I just keep seeing people getting swallowed up and very into themselves. Consumerism is not worth it. It's just a carrot and stick that draws you down into Hell. You're never free and you're never defined from within.

    OV: In "Bought and Sold" you say "I look up to the people who are less bought than I." Do you consider yourself bought?

    Dar: In some ways... I certainly know people who are less "bought" than I am. I need to remember that.

    OV: I understand you don't buy products from China? Except shower curtains?

    Dar. YEAH! That's funny... yep, and a drain for my sink because everything was made in China and I needed one so. Actually I just got some lotion, and I actually knew it. It was from The Body Shop and I've already written a letter to them saying they shouldn't buy products made in China.
    VampedVixenon November 06, 2004   Link

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