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They're Rioting In Africa Lyrics

Artist: The Kingston Trio


Intro: Time limits us right now, and this actual number that we're going to play now will be featured on our nex album, The Kingston Trio plays John Foster Dulles (come fly with me).

They're rioting in Africa, they're starving in Spain.
There's hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls.
The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch.
And I don't like anybody very much!

But we can be tranquil, and thankful, and proud,
For mans' been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day
Someone will set the spark off, and we will all be blown away.

They're rioting in Africa, there's strife in Iran.
What nature doesn't do to us, will be done by our fellow man.
Comments/Interpretations
by velvel in decatur ga on 6/23/2008 4:22pm
this was written by sheldon harnick in 1953 and later (much later) recorded by the kingston trio and then by harry belefonte
by james l. pinette on 3/24/2011 9:22am
I loved the trio when i first heard their stuff still do. I'm 73
by james l. pinette on 2/12/2012 7:51pm
Their stuff is still current isn't it
by Pat Farrell on 3/6/2012 12:10am
Just listening to the news (which I never do for obvious reasons) and thought of this song. Nope, nothing has changed.
by Barbara on 7/10/2012 6:39am
2 girls sang this song for our 9th grade program in mid 1960. It started running through my mind and had too look it up. Still relevant after 53 years.
by Mary on 8/29/2012 5:32pm
Barbara, I agree totally. Same thing happened to me after watching the news one night. And we are considered an "advanced" species?????
by Bill on 9/15/2012 9:29am
History repeats itself. The song is still pertinent today. Refer to George Santana for more.
by sunshine on 9/22/2012 6:46pm
Those that do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.Its really a shame we have come full circle.
by Ken on 11/23/2012 7:34pm
These lyrics have always been pertinent.
by Robert on 12/24/2012 12:57am
At the top of this page is an ad in Spic. As you are quite the un-American site, I will eliminate you from all further use. As I am retired, I also have the time to contact all of your advertisers and let them know that you are actively encouraging illegal beaners to come and remain here.
by Stuart on 12/29/2012 7:50pm
This song was written with 'Robert' in mind. What a troll!.
by Sandra on 5/20/2013 7:09am
"Robert" is clearly one who doesn't like anybody very much. What a sad way to live your life!
by Brad on 8/29/2013 1:40pm
Merry Christmas, Robert. What a wonderful way you found to spread joy on Christmas Eve!
by Jettie on 9/13/2013 10:55pm
Likewise, the lyrics rang through my mind as I listen to the news. Had to be reminded of the entire lyric.
by tom b on 1/24/2014 12:22pm
A song from the distant past. It still resonates. Hope my English is good enough for poor Robert.


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