Am I Right?

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Words by Brecht. Translated and adapted by Nichols. Music by Nichols

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Why don't our sons bleed any more
And why don't our daughters weep?
Why is it only the slaughterhouse cattle who seem to have blood in their veins?

The king must have a new province
So the peasant turns over his savings, his bread
They come and search under his mattress for him
And god rest his soul if he hides it he's dead

Raise the roof off the world
Rip the roof off his cottage
That drive our good men to the ends of the earth
So the "great ones" can have a nice meal by the fire
Watch the greedy pig widen his girth

And the soldiers'll kill each other marshalls salute
It's all in good fun, gentlemen, that's how it's done
It's all the peasants and soldiers are made for
The battle was lost, but the helmets were paid for

That's why our sons don't bleed anymore
And that's why our daughters don't cry

Am I right? Yes you're right!
Yes, yes, you're right yes you're right
Oh, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, you're right!

And me who can't even find their dicks rule countries now
Offices jam packed streets overrun
With officials, beaurocracies,
I'm telling you that's the status quo, buddy,
That's how it's done!

One man's got no home, while one's got twelve horses
A man who can't count to four needing eight courses
the weaver goes home from his loom dressed in rags
While the corn farmer's starving with his empty corn bags

Am I right? Yes you're right!
Yes, yes, you're right yes you're right
Oh, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, you're right!

And that's why don't our sons bleed any more
And that's why don't our daughters weep?
And that's why only the slaughterhouse cattle who seem to have blood in their veins

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from Caucasian Chalk Circle, released November 13, 2012

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Mark Nichols Los Angeles, California

Is a writer, director, composer and filmmaker, but is known mainly as a creator of music theater works, including HOW TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE: A BURNING OPERA, LITTLE BOY GOES TO HELL, JOE BEAN, and for his popular score for Brecht's CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE. Info at www.thereallybig.com ... more

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