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DEAD KENNEDYS: Holiday in Cambodia

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Published on Nov 19, 2008

So you been to school -- ie college
For a year or two -- normal tenure
And you know you've seen it all -- with a banal air, nothing surprises you due to your effete middle-class nature
In daddy's car -- you are privileged
Thinkin' you'll go far -- a planned corporate future
Back east your type don't crawl -- Under Khmer Communism and Year Zero you won't make it ...

Play ethnicky jazz -- a retreat of the Cafe Society
To parade your snazz -- to merely show off your social stature
On your five grand stereo -- defaming the street jazz whence it came with expensive machinery
Braggin' that you know -- falsely claiming lower class prestige
How the niggers feel cold -- how ghetto Blacks are under priviliged
And the slums got so much soul -- and how you would supposedly like to be among the slums ...

It's time to taste what you most fear -- your inner most horrors - Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness that Apocalypse now recounts 'The horror' of the self
Right Guard will not help you here -- a deodorant for teens - much like the later Teen Spirit
Brace yourself, my dear: -- hold tight motherfucker

It's a holiday in Cambodia -- juxtaposition - a holiday in hell
It's tough, kid, but it's life -- your middle-class existence will be exposed
It's a holiday in Cambodia
Don't forget to pack a wife -- allusions to a middle-class existence

You're a star-belly sneech -- Dr Seuss combined with patriotism
You suck like a leach -- corporatism
You want everyone to act like you -- conformistism
Kiss ass while you bitch -- suck up the corporate ladder while conniving
So you can get rich -- accumulate assets in a corporate manner
But your boss gets richer off you -- capitalism

Well you'll work harder -- the Khmer trade-off
With a gun in your back -- under Year Zero the middle class were driven into rural areas under guard
For a bowl of rice a day -- this happened under starvation conditions
Slave for soldiers -- many of the guards were child-soldiers of the Khmer Rouge
Till you starve -- widespread starvation ensued in Kampuchea of the Khmer Communists under US secret bombing that killed 2 million
Then your head is skewered on a stake -- bizarre tortures and examples were adopted by the Khmer Rouge

Now you can go where people are one -- under Khmer Communism the people and the State were finally seen as a unity
Now you can go where they get things done -- Khmer Communism was purported to be pure, working Communism
What you need, my son:. -- what 1978 college kids need is ...

Is a holiday in Cambodia
Where people dress in black -- the Khmer Rouge dressed in black pyjama smocks and red-white head scarves
A holiday in Cambodia
Where you'll kiss ass or crack -- there is no half-measures under Khmer Communism ...

Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol Pot, [etc] -- Leader of the Khmer Rouge

And it's a holiday in Cambodia
Where you'll do what you're told -- the Khmer Communists
A holiday in Cambodia
Where the slum's got so much soul ... -- where the true horror is
Pol Pot ... -- leader of the Khmer Rouge

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