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Union Sundown 1

Bob Dylan © 1983 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


2 May 1983
cd imgINFIDELS

  Infidels session 17, Power Station NYC - 2.may.1983, album version  

Well, my shoes they come from Singapore
My flashlight's from Taiwan
My tablecloth's from Malaysia
My belt buckle's from the Amazon
You know the shirt i wear comes from the Philippines
An' the car i drive is a Chevrolet
I was put together in Argentina
By a guy makin' 30 cents a day.

Well it's sundown on the union
An' what's made in the USA
Sure was a great idea
'Til greed got in the way.

Well, this silk dress is from Hong Kong
An' the pearls are from Japan
Well, the dog collar's from India
An' the flower pot is from Pakistan.
All the furniture it says "Made in Brazil''
Where a woman she slaves for sure
Bringin' home 30 cents a day to a family of twelve
You know that's a lot of money to her.

Well it's sundown on the union
An' what's made in the USA
Sure was a great idea
'Til greed got in the way.

Well you know lots of people complainin' there is no work
I say "Why do you say that for?''
When nothin' you know is U.S. made
They don't make nothin' here no more.
You know capitalism is above the law
It says "It don't count 'less it sells''
When it costs too much to build it at home
You just build it cheaper some place else.

Well it's sundown on the union
An' what's made in the USA
Sure was a great idea
'Til greed got in the way.

Well the job that you used to have
They gave it to someone in El Salvador
The unions are big bisuness friend
An' they're goin' out like a dinosaur.
They used to grow food in Kansas
Now they want to grow it on the moon an' eat it raw
I can see the day comin' when even your home garden
Is gonna be against the law.

Well it's sundown on the union
An' what's made in the USA
Sure was a great idea
'Til greed got in the way.

Democracy don't rule the world
You'd better get that in your head
The world is ruled by violence
But i guess that's better left unsaid.
From Broadway to the milky way
That's a lot of territory indeed
An' a man's gonna do what he has to do
When he got a hungry mouth to feed.

Well it's sundown on the union
An' what's made in the USA
Sure was a great idea
'Til greed got in the way.  up
    

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Union Sundown 2


2 May 1983
cd imgROUGH CUTS #2 (T-346)

  Infidels session 17, Power Station NYC - 2.may.1983  

Well, my shoes they come from Singapore
My shirt is from Taiwan
My pants are from Malaysia
My necktie's from the Amazon
Saxophone is from the Philippines
My car's a Chevrolet
It's put together down in Argentina
By a guy makin' thirty cents a day.

Well, it's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
Till greed got in the way.

Well, the perfume is from China
Ear rings are from Japan
Belt buckle's from the Himalaya
The dog collar's from Pakistan.
Chain says "Made in Brazil"
Where a woman slaved for sure
Taking home sixty cents a day to a family of twelve
A lot of money to her.

Well, it's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
Till greed got in the way.

Well, some people complainin' that there is no work.
I say, "Brother, how can that be?
When nothin' you got is U.S.-made
It all comes from across the sea."
They call it religious capitalism
Under corporate command
It says, "Nobody gets hired to do anything
That can be done cheaper in some other land."

Well, it's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
Till greed got in the way.

Well, the drug dealers are making big profit
Oh yeah, they say times were tough for a while.
When the Russians bomb Las Vegas
They'll be on a desert isle.
And them big manufacturers aren't starving, though
Their profits are down beyond belief.
Got to have to send them a care package
Or make it food relief.

Well, it's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
Till greed got in the way.

All that steel and aluminum
Venezuela, El Salvador.
Well, the unions are big business
But they're goin' out like a dinosaur.
Well, they used to grow food in Kansas
Now they want to grow it on the moon.
They want to take your home garden away
That day is comin' pretty soon.

Well, it's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
Till greed got in the way.

There's a man in a mask in the White House
Who's got no name or important ties.
Just as long as he understands the shape of things to come
He can stay there till he dies.
Got to be an invisible man
Not a front man for some diseased cause.
Certainly not a union man, an independent man
Not a man tied to social laws.

Well, it's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
Till greed got in the way.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

2 May 1983 1 INFIDELS
2 May 1983 ROUGH CUTS (b)
2 May 1983 2 ROUGH CUTS (b) #2
Sep 1985 THE 1985 REHEARSAL TAPE (b)
9 May 1992 SAN JOSE REVISITED (b)