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They Wore Black Shirts

From Garry Johnson’s 1981 book Boys of the Empire.

They Wore Black Shirts

They wore black shirts and carried guns
And all their women looked like nuns
Trigger-happy, we knew their names
But we couldn’t place their aims
I knew they lived for Eighty-Four
And believed in civil war
All their cars were bullet-proof
And they never told the truth

I know they recruit all the time
From building sites and the assembly line
Burning bibles and quoting God
To those who are in the firing squad
Something to do with state control
Tapping the phones of who you know
And sending people to work on farms
With barbed wire fences and burglar alarms

They wore black shirts and overcoats
And took away the teenage votes
Sunday drinking had to stop
So we all went on soda pop
And they built walls all over town
And we ripped all their posters down
Think we stopped them just in time
Just before the midnight chime

Garry Johnson