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lirik lagu our native daughters – barbados

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[intro]
i own i am shocked at the purchase of slaves
and fear those who buy them and sell them are knaves
what i hear of their hardships, their tortures, and groans
it’s almost enough to draw pity from stones

i pity them greatly, but i must be mum
for how could we do without sugar and rum?
especially sugar, so needful we see?
what? give up our desserts, our coffee, and tea?!

besides, if we do, the french, dutch, and danes
will heartily thank us, no doubt, for our pains
if we do not buy the poor creatures, they will
and tortures and groans will be multiplied still

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[outro]
i own i am shocked at prisoners in the mines
and kids sewing clothes for our most famous lines
what i hear of their wages seems slavery indeed
it’s enough that i fear it’s all rooted in greed

i pity them greatly, but i must be mum
for what about nickel, cobalt, lithium?
the garments we wear, the electronics we own?
what? give up our tablets, our laptops, and phones?!

besides, if we do, the prices will soar
and who could afford to pay one dollar more?
sitting here typing it seems well worth the price
and you there, listening on your favorite device
this bargain we’re in, well, it’s not quite illicit
so relax, my friend, we’re not all complicit