From the album Same Rain
Buy This American Car
©1988 Charlie King
Pied Asp Music, BMI
This car was assembled in part, right here on American soil.
Suspending your kin on some cheap foreign import makes General Motor's oil boil.
Components were carefully gathered from factories foreign and far,
then assembled right here by American robots.
Hey! That's an American car.
Chorus:Buy, buy, this American car.
It has waited so long, it has traveled so far.
Buy this American car.
The steel was all made in Japan, then pressed into shape in Botswana.
For the engine they paid twenty pesos a day, to a worker in South Tijuana.
The ignition Korean, the tires are French, the bumpers from Botany Bay.
Then united these nations they use automation, ain't that the American way, hey:
These robots deserve your support, their work ethics are really inspiring.
They don't mind the lack of a benefits package, they don't even think of retiring
and they don't go on strike for a raise and they don't ask for colas or perks.
They show up every day and they work without pay
For the man who gets paid without work, Who is singing:
And in there among all the robots you'll still find a worker or two.
They're feisty, they're human, they're true to their union, they're true to the red, white and blue. But the marketing moguls of Motown are true to the green dollar sign.
They flaunt it, they fake it, they don't care who makes it as long as it rolls down the line.
And then they lobby for quotas on Saabs and Toyotas, they scream "foreign labor unfair"
Well I've got more in common with blue collar foreigners than any American millionaire.
There will always be men who sell snake oil with blather and bluster and brag.
Still the worst of these chislers don't bolster their business by wrapping themselves in the flag.
If they want to sell us the stars and the stripes let them put all their cards on the table,
and let's see some jobs in the U.S. of A.
Let's see some truth on the label. No more singing: