Buy This American Car (Charlie King)

“Buy This American Car” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Buy This American Car” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Charlie King.
Tune: Charlie King.


This car was assembled in part
Right here on American soil.
So, spending your tin on some cheap, foreign import
Makes General Motors’ oil boil.
Components are carefully gathered
From factories foreign and far,
Then assembled right here by American robots.
Hey! that’s an American car.

Buy, buy this American car;
Buy this American car.
It has waited so long; it has traveled so far.
Buy this American car.

The steel was all made in Japan
And pressed into shape in Botswana.
For the engines, they pay twenty pesos a day
To the workers of South Tijuana.
The ignition’s Korean; the tires are French.
The bumper’s from Botany Bay.
And uniting these nations, they use automation.
Ain’t that the American way?

Buy, buy this American car;
Buy this American car.
It has waited so long; it has traveled so far.
Buy this American car.

These robots deserve our support.
Their work ethic’s really inspiring.
They don’t mind the lack of a benefits package.
They don’t even think of retiring.
They don’t go on strike for a raise.
They don’t ask for COLA’s or perqs.
They show up ev’ry day, and they work without pay
For the guy who gets pay without work (who is singing).

Buy, buy this American car;
Buy this American car.
It has waited so long; it has traveled so far.
Buy this American car.

And in there among all the robots,
You’ll find a worker or two.
They’re feisty and human; they’re true to their union.
They’re true to the red, white, and blue.
But the Marketing Moguls of Motown
Are true to the green dollar sign.
They flaunt it; they fake it; they don’t care who makes it,
As long as it rolls down the line.

And then they lobby for quotas on Saabs and Toyotas.
They scream, “Foreign labor’s unfair!”
Well, I’ve got more in common with blue collar foreigners
Than any American millionaire.

There will always be them who sell snake oil
With blather and bluster and brag.
Still, the worst of this chis’lers don’t bolster their bus’ness
By wrapping themselves in the flag.
If they want to sell us the stars and stripes,
Let ’em put all their cards on the table,
And let’s see some jobs in the U. S. of A.,
Or let’s have some truth on the label (no more singing).

Buy, buy this American car;
Buy this American car.
It has waited so long; it has traveled so far.
Buy this American car.


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