Nationalism (lyrics)

Genre: Calypso
Origin: Antigua and Barbuda
Writer: Short Shirt and Stanley Humphreys
Artiste: Short Shirt
Year of release: 1981

Did you ever consider what a place this world would be
If there was no national border
You could come and go as you please
You wouldn’t need a visa to go to the USA
Emigration system would see the end of its day
But such a change will disrupt politicians plan
Whose aim it is to control their own gang
But so they rise up, I say, is so they fall down
Like Hitler, who want all will get none

Cho.
Nationalism
Creating division among the world people
If we never had national boundaries
You and I could move about as free as a bird in a tree
Politician will never let this happen
They too power hungry to control people
They like to have soldiers fighting bitterly
To take over a little more territory
Soldiers die leave their family
Suffering in their country
That’s how nationalism is killing we

Russia put troop in Afghanistan
Iraq invading Iran
But this would simply never be
If they were all one country
Take a look at Germany
People of one family separated by political boundary
Suriname, Guyana, and Venezuela wouldn’t have no dispute over a border
And a Trinidadian fisher could fish in anywhere on Venezuela

Cho.
Nationalism
Creating division among the world people
If we never had national boundaries
All the island gasoline would be shared equally
Politician will never let this happen
They too power hungry to control people
They like to have soldiers fighting bitterly
To take over a little more territory
Soldiers die leave their family
Suffering in their country
That’s how nationalism is killing we

India spend 25 million US to put a rocket up in the sky
Other nation they trying to impress
While their people standing their dying
Each nation must be number one
At the expense of their national
So who really benefit I don’t understand
Caribbean people wanted Federation
Politicians wanted their own nation
So it’s love for each other, you see
And not for the nation is our only way of survival

Cho.
Nationalism
Creating division among the worl d people
If we never had national boundaries
Cambodia and China would exist peacefully
Politician will never let this happen
They too power hungry to control people
They like to have soldiers fighting bitterly
To take over a little more territory
Soldiers die leave their family
Suffering in their country
That’s how nationalism is killing we

“Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”
That is what one politician said but with him I must disagree
See what you can do for your fellow man regardless where he come from
Politician would have you kill for their preservation
What we need now is one world government
That will stamp out greed, hatred, and discontent
So Reagan, Brezhnev, and all you others
Step aside; make way for higher powers

Cho.
Nationalism
Creating division among the world people
If we never had national boundaries
All the food in the whole world would be shared up equitably
Politician will never let this happen
They too power hungry to control people
Britain want to pass a Nationality Bill
So they will have the right to send out emigrant at will
They done work most of them for free
Had their forefathers in slavery
That’s how nationialism is killing we

Note: Transcribed from the lyrics. Anything in red I’m not sure of. You can help improve these lyrics or any others in the Antigua and Barbuda Song Lyrics Database. If you share give credit to the source – the songwriters’ obviously (sharing here is not intended to infringe their copyright) but also Wadadli Pen for taking the time to transcribe and share for public information. – JCH, blogger

 

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