Midnight Oil: “US Forces” (1982)




Released in 1982, US Forces was the third single by Midnight Oil, an Australian rock band whose music often explored political and anti-war themes. The lyrics of US Forces take aim at American military intervention, the military-industrial complex and the effects of Cold War alliance building. Midnight Oil’s lead singer, Peter Garrett, became a significant figure in Australia’s nuclear disarmament movement. In 2004 Garrett was elected to the Australian Federal parliament, serving for a time as minister for the environment.



US forces give the nod
It’s a setback for your country
Bombs and trenches all in rows
Bombs and threats still ask for more

Divided world the CIA
Who controls the issue
You leave us with no time to talk
You can write your own assessment

Sing me songs of no denying
Seems to me too many trying
Waiting for the next big thing

Will you know it when you see it
High risk children dogs of war
Now market movements call the shots
Business deals in parking lots
Waiting for the meat of tomorrow

Everyone is too stoned to start emission
People too scared to go to prison
We’re unable to make decisions
Political party line don’t cross that floor
L. Ron Hubbard can’t save your life
Superboy takes a plutonium wife
In the shadows of Ban the Bomb we live

Sing me songs of no denying
Seems to me too many trying
Waiting for the next big thing


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