There's a sunny little country south of Mexico
Where the winds are gentle and the waters flow
But breezes aren't the only things that blow in El Salvador
If you took the little lady for a moonlight drive
Odds are still good you'd come back alive
But everyone is innocent until they arrive in El Salvador
If the rebels take a bus on the grand highway
The government destroys a village miles away
The man on the radio says “Now we'll play South of the Border”
And in the morning the natives say,
We're happy you have lived another day"
Last night a thousand more passed away in El Salvador
There's a television crew here from ABC
Filming Rio Lempe and the refugees
Calling murdered children the tragedy of El Salvador"
Before the government camera 20 feet away
Another man is asking for continued aid
Food and medicine and hand grenades for El Salvador
There's a thump, a rumble, and the buildings sway
A soldier fires the acid spray
The public address system starts to play South of the Border"
You run for cover and hide your eyes
You hear the screams from paradise
They've fallen further than you realize in El Salvador
Just like Poland is protected by her Russian friends"
The junta is assisted by Americans
And if 60 million dollars seems to much to spend in El Salvador
They say for half a billion they could do it right
Bomb all day, burn all night
Until there's not a living thing upright in El Salvador
They'll continue training troops in the USA
And watch the nuns that got away
And teach the military bands to play South of the Border"
And kill the people to set them free
Who put this price on their liberty?
Don't you think it's time to leave El Salvador?

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    General CommentA song questioning the American involvement in conflict elsewhere and raising questions about who controls what country and how that leads to war.

    I remember listening to this a lot shortly after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq about which were posed similar questions.

    There's more to the song. After "and teach the military bands to play South of the Border" it goes

    And kill the people to set them free
    Who put this price on their liberty
    Don't you think it's time to leave
    El Salvador.

    I think this last bit of the song has continued relevance and is worth asking any time we consider going into combat.
    Sylviedon January 20, 2012   Link

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