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Parade

This song is by The McCalmans and appears on the album Honest Poverty (1993).

The military band is playing, come see the parade
Wave and cheer our heroes as they bravely march away
This time it's not the unemployed, the workers or the poor
It's the captains of our industry who're matching off to war

They're marching from the boardroom and from the stately home
From the club and from the embassy, we're proud to see them come
It's their turn to lift the banner and to listen to the drum
Younger men must stay at home and keep the lassies warm

Hooray, hooray, they're marching out today
The millionaires and bankers in the army

The millionaire director with a rifle in his hand
Is off to face the enemy, to defend his native land
He likely won't be quite so fat when he comes back from war
We know that he'll fight bravely, he knows what he's fighting for

There goes the factory owner with the other wealthy men
We'll keep the wheels a-turning 'til they come home again
Generals order generals to march and wheel and turn
The men, alas, must stay at home, there's plenty to be done

Hooray, hooray, they're marching out today
The millionaires and bankers in the army

There's the politician, who only yesterday
Was talking on the telly of the price we'd have to pay
He looks a little paler now, his words are not so fine
He's realised that he's the one whose life is on the line

Let's gather at the window, join the crowds that line the street
They're waving to the soldiers, marching to the beat
This time it's not the unemployed, the workers or the poor
It's the judges and the millionaires who're marching off to war

Hooray, hooray, they're marching out today
The millionaires and bankers in the army

Hooray, hooray, they're marching out today
The millionaires and bankers in the army

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