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1933 by David Rovics soundcloud.com

Submitted by noordinaryspider in Folk

History doesn't repeat, they say, but it often appears it does Enough so that it seems like we should know just how it was When in another time and place the party in the driver's seat The Social Democrats ruled on behalf of the elite And the next person who arose to lead the state Said he'd stand up for his people and make his country great

He said everyone's exploiting us, and the reason why Is we've been ruled by weaklings, and now it's time we must reply Military spending and industry grew And the razor wire tent camps did, too He said we'll take the country back, and standing on the brink He said it's anarchy or me, we can rise or we can sink

/For Blood and Soil/

From Budapest to London, from Chicago to Milan There was the specter of all those so inspired by the man He signed treaties that were broken before the ink was dry He left the League of Nations and Prime Ministers would try Appeasement, but whatever they would do The fuhrer would just tighten the screws

Most of the news seemed real – at least after a while The same propaganda, wherever on the dial Germany was the victim – it would be victim no more That's what he was saying years before the war Years before the blitzkrieg, before extermination Became the fate of so many then living in the nation

/For Blood and Soil/

He talked of enemies within and enemies outside Who together had conspired and stolen and lied He said they took us for a ride with treaties signed by those Serving foreign interests, as every Aryan knows But follow me, he said, you won't recognize the place We'll be great again – we're the Master Race

People look back and wonder what could have been done Many years before the war was won When social institutions fell one after the next And then faster than almost anyone expected Few people could have even imagined the cost Once it was too late, and the chance for peace was lost

/For Blood and Soil/

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