Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler Union Sundown cover

Union Sundown
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Released
October 16, 2015
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Song Meaning
Verse 1
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, this shirt I wear comes from the Philippines
And the car I drive is a Chevrolet
It was put together down in Argentina
By a guy making thirty cents a day
Verse 2
Well, it's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
'Til greed got in the way
Verse 3
Well, this silk dress is from Hong Kong
And the pearls are from Japan
Well, the dog collar's from India
And the flower pot's from Pakistan
All the furniture it said 'Made in Brazil'
Where a woman, she slaved for sure
Bringing home thirty cents a day to a family of twelve
You know, that's a lot of money to her
Verse 4
Well, it's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
'Til greed got in the way
Verse 5
Well, you know lots of people are complaining that there is no work
I say,"Why you say that for
When nothing you got is US made?"
They don't make nothing here no more
You know, capitalism is above the law
I say,"It don't count 'less it sells"
When it costs too much to build it at home
You just build it cheaper someplace else
Verse 6
Well, it's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
'Til greed got in the way
Verse 7
Well, the job that you used to have
They gave it to somebody down in El Salvador
The unions are big business, friend
And they're going out like a dinosaur
But they used to grow food in Kansas
Now they grow it on the moon and eat it raw
I can see the day coming when even your home garden
Is gonna be against the law
Verse 8
Well, it's sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
'Til greed got in the way
Verse 9
Democracy don't rule the world
You better get that in your head
This 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
And a man's gonna do what he has to do
When he's got a hungry mouth to feed
Verse 10
Well, it' sundown on the union
And what's made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
'Til greed got in the way

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