The Vietnam War

US by Sweatshop Union




 

The whole world's a sweatshop, a fascist regime
With billions of parts working as a massive machine
The goal, keep the masses passive between
Self, cash, limousines and other fabulous things
But, we gotta wake up and notice it's a load of shit
It's all about ownership of your soul and who's controllin' it
It's not about the gold you get, not about the clothes you're in
It's not about oil, but we're killing each other over it
Like a Doberman, chomping on a cat
It's a new world order, and they're bombin on Iraq
And it's so fucking heartless, the whole country's starved
And yet they've been targeted as a threat regardless
This all started in days prior to ours
They arrived from the stars, and survived in the dark
Now it's time for the hearts of men
To march against it
And realize that the cycle starts and ends with…

Chorus:
Us, we're the ones that paid for the bombs
Us, we built the planes that they're on
Us, it's insane all of the ways they conned us
But we can change it today, it's just all on
Us, we're the ones that paid for the bombs
Us, we built the planes that they're on
Us, it's insane all the ways we've been conned
Into killing millions of innocent people, but it's all on…
Us.

Trust me friends, it could never just be us, or just be them
Sometimes I think it just depends, it's just pretend
You can never trust the trends
Don't rub your eyes, I'd rather you'd adjust the lens
Look up to them? Tell me, who the fuck are they?
When did they ever give a damn about what you say?
For what you stand? That's why you gotta trust me man
Trust a Bush? That's like saying trust Sadam,
But for real, I mean you gotta love the fam
Ask his dad the ex-prez how many drugs he ran
So trust us, the shit's about to flood the land
Cause government hands can no longer plug the dam
So fuck the news, fuck the critics, fuck their views
And if you sit and let it happen then fuck you too


It's up to you, I can't tell you what to do
But touch the truth, and don't just judge the few
But judge…




 

Chorus

But it's all on Us/Us/Us

Chorus

Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists


 

Analysis

The song US by Sweatshop Union brings up many issues that we Americans are unable to face. It tells us that even though we did unwillingly we supplied the money for the government to fund the war in Iraq. “Us, we're the ones that paid for the bombs”, exacerbates the point that we have all played a part in the war for Iraq. The repetition of the phrase “US” emphasizes it was not just a couple people but everybody in America that played a part in the Iraq war. This song is anti-war it points out the ridiculousness of the war along with some of the atrocities that occurred. “the whole country's starved”  shows the atrocities. This song is not in support of the Bush Doctrine within the song it makes several references to Bush and the stupidity of his document. “Trust a Bush? That's like saying trust Sadam” references how untrustworthy Bush is, this untrustworthiness is further intensified when Bush is compared to Saddam. “Cause government hands can no longer plug the dam” implies the government can no longer withhold the information from the people. This song answers the question of how war affects society. “so f*****g heartless, the whole country's starved. And yet they've been targeted as a threat regardless” this line from the song emphasizes how Iraq as a society has been destroyed mentally and physically by the war. In my opinion I feel that this song brings up interesting often avoided, and I do agree with the message.