Sacrifices Must Be Made

In the course of my political evolution from unreflective parrot of my parents' poltical views, to libertarian, to anarchist, I have become increasingly sensitive to both pro- and anti-freedom messages in the popular culture I consume. I now find it difficult to enjoy books, movies and TV shows which assume a statist worldview, which is why I love Farscape but can no longer tolerate Star Trek.

I am always delighted to find an unambiguous pro-freedom or anti-authority message, in any form of art, and I think the song Wield the Spade by the band Oysterhead is a stellar example. Oysterhead consists of Les Claypool of Primus, Trey Anastasio of Phish and Stewart Copeland of The Police. These lyrics are reproduced from the official Electra Records site for the album.

Wield the Spade

Barber
Get this mirror cleaned
I'm troubled by the face I see before me
As you shave our nation's face
Keep a steady hand
Listen to these words that soon will ring
across the land

Wield the spade
Ready the blade
Sacrifices must be made

There are many fools
Who dare propose imposing limits
On my power
Those ungrateful who've been swayed by
Intellectuals in their ivory towers
They will pay for crimes that God and I will not allow
Some before the firing squad and
some behind the plow

Wield the spade

Barber
Get this mirror cleaned
I'm troubled by the face I see before me
Be careful not to miss a whisker
Soon I face my people who adore me
As you shave our nation's face
Keep a steady hand
Listen to these words that soon will ring
across the land

Wield the spade
Ready the blade
Sacrifices must be made

Barber
You've done very well
Much cleaner now the mirror's telling no lies
I know I'm not imagining the telltale glint of death I see in your eyes
I can't trust you
So I must do something with my knife
It's a shame to lose a damn good barber
But that's life

Wield the spade
Ready the blade
Sacrifices must be made

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Hello- what a creative

Hello- what a creative message being sent in this song...does anyone know what is being said (faintly)at the beggining of the song before the actual lyrics begin? I have tried to decipher but to no avail.