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It’s Time for the Bake Sale

240. It’s Time for the Bake Sale

I recorded a song in 1983 and wouldn’t you know it’s still applicable today, so I’ve re-released it in a CD. And it all has to do with the Defense Budget and whether it can be cut. The image was first suggested by a postcard that the Fellowship of Reconciliation put out. Here’s my (and their) philosophy:

The Army Is Having a Bake Sale

One day the people started to say

“All this money for defense is wrong.”

One day the people started to say

“Stop it! We are not gonna play along.”
So now the Army is having a bake sale

And the Marines are bringing oatmeal cookies,

And the Navy is bringing cinnamon coffee cakes,

‘Cause they’re all running out of money.

Some of the people sat and added it up,

Millions and millions for weapons that can wipe folks out.

Some of the people said, “We are not going to pay—

So stop it—that’s the message we shout.”

So now the Army is having a bake sale,

And the Marines are bringing pecan pie.

And the Air Force is bringing chocolate chip delight

‘Cause they’re all running out of money.

Congress keeps claiming we need all this stuff.

They vote and say, “You people have to pay the bill.”

We are the people and we can demand,

“Stop it—we will not pay to kill.”

So now the Army is having a bake sale,

And the Air Force is bringing peanut brittle,

And the Navy is bringing snickerdoodle cookies

‘Cause they’re all running out of money.

More, more for the Pentagon—the overkill’s not enough,

The budget for defense, it has to grow and grow.

The people say “This ain’t the way–We’re shouting out our NO!

So stop it—and put some time,

Stop it—and put some money,

Stop it—and plan a program for peace.”

So now the Army is having a bake sale,

And the Marines are bringing a bit of toffee,

And the Air Force is bringing divinity fudge,

‘Cause they’re all running out, They’re all running out,

They’re all running out of money!

© Copyright 1983 and 2012 by Ann Freeman Price

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