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Published on Oct 30, 2006
True story first told to me by Katie Knight from the Colombia Support Network in Montana. Something like half of the union organizers that are killed in the world each year are Colombian. Colombia is also the biggest recipient of military aid in the hemisphere. This, of course, is a coincidence.
Coca-Cola came to Colombia Seeking lower wages They got just what they came for But as we turn the pages We find the workers didn't like the sound Of their children's hungry cries So they said we'll join the union And they began to organize
So Coke called up a terrorist group Called the AUC They said "we've got some problems At the factory" So these thugs went to the plant Killed two union men Told the rest, "you leave the union Or we'll be back again"
Now Coke did not complain About this dirty deed Why give workers higher wages When Coke is all they really need They phoned the AUC Said "thanks, without you we'd go broke And to show our appreciation Here's one hundred cases of Coke"
(Chorus) The baby drinks it in his bottle When the water ain't no good The dog drinks it But he don't know if he should Some folks say It's the nectar of the Gods But Coke is the drink of the Death Squads
Well the workers wouldn't take This situation lying down Some went up to Georgia Said "look what's happened to our town You American workers got downsized And as for us we just get shot And those of us who survive Our teeth begin to rot"
Well now that's the situation What are you gonna do 'Cause death squads run Colombia And they're paid by me and you We can let Coke run the world And see what future that will bring Or we can drink juice and smash the state Now that's the real thing
Created March, 2002 Copyright David Rovics 2002, all rights reserved