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Oliver's Army Lyrics Meanings
by Raimundos

MTV
60

Oliver's Army Lyrics

Don't start that talking
I could talk all night
My mind goes sleep walkin'
While I'm puttin' the world to right

Call careers information
Got yourself an occupation
Oliver's army is here to stay
Oliver's army are on their way

And I would rather be anywhere else
Than here today
There was a checkpoint Charlie
He didn't pack a smile

But it's no laughing party
When you've been on the murder mile
Only takes one inch of trigger
One more widow, one less white nigger

Oliver's army is here to stay
Oliver's army are on their way
And I would rather be anywhere else
Than here today

Hong Kong is up for grabs
London is full of ab's
We could be in Palestine
Overrun by the chinese line

With the boys from the mersey
And the thames and the tyne
But there's no danger
It's a professional carrer

Though it could be arranged
With just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear
If you're out of luck or out of work
We could send you to Johannesburg

Oliver's army is here to stay
Oliver's army are on their way
And I would rather be anywhere else
Than here today

And I would rather be anywhere else
Than here today
And I would rather be...

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Consider Oliver Tambo - leader of the Africa National Congress in exile while Mandela was in jail, and consequently in charge of his people's "army" through the ANC and the active military arm Umkhonto we sizwe (MK- the "Spear of the nation"), through 3 decades of exclusion from South Africa until his triumphant return in 1990 when ANC was unbanned and his sad death from a stroke in 1993. In my mind its a better explanation than Cromwell, whatever Elvis C has said!

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