When Anastasio fell he was by then the first Somoza
To have had Nicaragua like a kingdom along his blood-line
Where the national guard wore the family crest
In a family business tied to the west
But he was overthrown by those who would share their land with millions
Overthrown by those who would be free of the ox's life
But to our shame the west would aim to cut that freedom down

Burn Again! Must Nicaragua burn again!?
Burn Again! Must Nicaragua burn again!?
Because the USA's got the need to-day
To be born again
Born again!? Must Nicaragua burn again!?

The USA begins in a war of independence
When liberty stood tall in the constitution
But that torch today casts a giant doubt
When the senate sends the Contras out
To hunt them down, hunt them and destroy the free elections
And it is to our shame the west would aim
To cut that freedom down

Burn Again! Must Nicaragua burn again!?
Burn Again! Must Nicaragua burn again!?
Because the USA's got the need to-day
To be born again
Born again!? Must Nicaragua burn again!?

They play Central America
Like a line of fruit machines
They take the beans for the grinder
And they meet the bill with bullets and marine

Song Description

Anastasio Somoza reigned over Nicaragua as if it was a family possession. The National Guard might just as well have worn the family crest of the Somozas. The country was a family business, economically dependant on the West, but those who overthrew Somoza wanted to end the serfdom and share the land with everyone. We should be ashamed that the West wants to undermine the newly won freedom. Must Nicaragua burn again, because the USA has the need to be born again? The USA itself started in a war of independence, when the word ‘freedom’ was written large in the constitution. But now the torch (of freedom) casts a giant shadow – when the Congress sends the Contras out to hunt the Nicaraguans in the hospitals and classrooms, in order to make a free election impossible. The USA plays with Central America as if it was a fruit machine. She takes the coffee beans and pays the bill with bullets and marines.

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Latin Quarter - Radio Africa

Latin Quarter - Radio Africa

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