Efficiency and progress is ours once more
Now that we have the Neutron bomb
It's nice and quick and clean and gets things done
Away with excess enemy
But no less value to property
No sense in war but perfect sense at home

The sun beams down on a brand new day
No more welfare tax to pay
Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light
Jobless millions whisked away
At last we have more room to play
All systems go to kill the poor tonight

Gonna kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor tonight

Behold the sparkle of champagne
The crime rate's gone, feel free again
Oh, life's a breeze with you, Miss Lily White
Jane Fonda on the screen today
Convinced the liberals it's okay
So let's get dressed and dance away the night

While they kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor tonight

Kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor tonight

Behold the sparkle of champagne
The crime rate's gone, feel free again
Oh, life's a breeze with you, Miss Lily White
Jane Fonda on the screen today
Convinced the liberals it's okay
So let's get dressed and dance away the night

While they kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor tonight

Kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor tonight

Kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor
Kill kill kill kill kill the poor tonight


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Kill the Poor Lyrics as written by Jello Biafra East Bay Ray

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    General CommentThis song is a sarcastic rip on how the upper class views the working poor as a problem or a blemish on their pristine society, instead of victims of a fucked up system that is insensitive to their needs, but it also has a more specific point about the neutron bomb.

    From what I understand about the design of the bomb, it has a small blast range with a lot less heat and "explosion" than other types of bombs. It still emits powerful radiation, however, which passes through solid materials and kills living cells- essentially, if dropped on a city it would kill people but leave minimal damage on buildings.

    First of all, the very idea of something so clearly designed to maximize death counts while minimizing costs is sadistic and disgusting. But beyond that, the point that Jello is making is that this is not a bomb intended to be used in a war, because there isn't any real strategic use of something with a limited range and small effect on structures. The only possible use for this bomb seems to be on small, densely populated areas- for example, urban areas with a lot of low-income residents. Jello is suggesting the disturbing notion that the bomb was built with eliminating America's own impoverished people in mind, at the request of the wealthiest who see the poor as nothing more than an impediment to the development of America into one giant, glamorous, exclusive country club. daycare_abortion's quote illustrates this very well.
    vickevlaron March 24, 2008   Link

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