Anti-Corporate Xmas Caroling at the GAP

On December 8, anti-corporate Christmas carolers performed some of their greatest hits, including Consumer Wonderland, God Bless You Very Wealthy Men and Some of my Favorite Things in front of the GAP on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz.

This was the first of three nights of Anti-Corporate Xmas Caroling with Santa Cruz’s Art & Revolution Street Theatre Collective.

For information on the upcoming nights of Anti-Corporate Xmas Caroling, including a Santa Brawl on the Mall, visit the following link:
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/19125/index.php

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CONSUMER WONDERLAND

m. Winter Wonderland; w. Erica Avery

The TV’s on / are you watching?
Another product / that they’re hawking
one more thing you need
to make life complete
Welcome to Consumer Wonderland

In the stores / you will hear it
” Pricey gifts / show holiday spirit”
That’s what they call it
to get to your wallet
Welcome to Consumer Wonderland

At the mall we can go out shopping
and buy lots of stuff we can’t afford
we’ll have lots of fun with our new toys
until we realize that we’re still bored
When you shop / ain’t it thrilling
until / you get the billing
the money you still owe the stuff broke long ago
Welcome to Consumer Wonderland

GOD BLESS YOU VERY WEALTHY MEN

by Arnie Alpert, AFSC, New Hampshire

God bless you very wealthy men,
Good news I have to tell:
The market’s up, you’re making more
each time you buy and sell.
With layoffs more, your profits soar,
You’re living rather well.
O tidings of capital gains….

God bless you very wealthy men,
You never have to see
The people all around you who
must live in misery.
You keep the poor far from your door,
You know no poverty.
O tidings of capital gains….

God bless you very wealthy men,
Do you repeat this song?
You owe success to your hard work,
no one helped you along.
You’ve raised yourself to the top shelf;
Your bootstraps must be strong.
O tidings of capital gains. …

God bless you poor and working folks,
I do regret to tell:
There is no safety net to catch you
if you ever fell.
Without much wealth or any health
insurance when unwell.
O tidings of capital gains….

God bless you poor and working folks
They’ve cut you down to size
Entitled only to those things
you can afford to buy,
When pensions, schools, and fire protection
All are privatized.
Oh tidings of capital gains…

God bless you very wealthy men,
whatever comes to pass,
You have no fear that you will be
kicked out upon your ass.
I have a feeling that your ceiling is
Not made of glass.
O tidings of capital gains….

God bless you poor and working folks,
It’s time to take a stand for
Decent wages, pensions, health
Are just and right demands.
It’s time to fight we must unite.
Won’t you lend a hand?
O tidings of capital gains….

MY FAVORITE THINGS…corporations

Some of my Favorite Things

Shirts from Honduras
And Nikes from China
Clothes made in sweatshops
In North Carolina,
All wrapped in packages
And tied up with string,
These are a few of my
Least favorite things.
When the sun shines
When the snow melts
When I’m feeling glad
I simply remember
My least favorite things
And then I start getting mad.

Skirts made in Malaysia
In sweatshop conditions,
Clothes sewn in Toronto
For Northern Traditions,
All wrapped in packages
And tied up with string,
These are a few of my
Least favorite things.

When the sun shines
When the snow melts
When I’m feeling glad
I simply remember
My least favorite things
And then I start getting mad.

Crossposted at Santa Cruz Indymedia.

Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.