1. Congo Congo

From the recording Just War

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"Congo Congo," by Leigh Herrick. Performed by Leigh Herrick. Cowbell and shekere, Leigh Herrick.



Hey Mama Doudou's got a kilo for you
that coltan mined from Okapi Reserve & Hey
Mama Doudou's got a girl for you
who'll cook & clean & sex men up for all that
gold they're digging up in Congo
Congo comin up today for
Congo comin down &
Hey for a laptop Mama ain't never seen that
Mama's gonna work the camp gonna
work it, work it clean
bringin deep the old respectable trade
bring it deep into the forest
down into the mud of Congo
for coltan 80 bucks
where most folks live on 20 cents a day & Hey
Mama Doudou's got a line on all those girls
just sittin in town no school & poor with
Mama's gold between their thighs &
Mama's dear Ituri girls gonna help her schemes
get off the ground &
Hey Mama's got infringement plans:
alternative fees for discerning requests a hard
workin man can make in the mess of
struggle &
survive while haulin&rsquo; up that coltan</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">if he wants a little beauty in his tent</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">at least a little beauty in that wifely supply of</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">ill-got teens come fast into the forest</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Come fast on in</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">between the fees &amp; fines Mama Doudou sets</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">for the sexual habits of men who mine</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">for coltan</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">coltan come like gold in Congo</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">for Congo comin&rsquo; down &amp;</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Hey Mama Doudou&rsquo;s gonna bring the cure</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">for all that sufisi goin&rsquo; round</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">in all the camps where men &amp; women swap &amp; trade</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">themselves between the trees in Congo</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">stripped</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">where a man&rsquo;ll dig it up all day</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Dig it for Sony</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Dig for Nokia</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Dig up to his crotch in coltan-mud</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Dig it like iron&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Dig up his gold</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Dig it where okapi hide</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Dig where Mbuti gather hunt &amp; trade &amp;</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Hey that Mama&rsquo;s makin&rsquo; her way</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">sellin&rsquo; bread @ $800. for 50 bucks spent</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">to bake Mama&rsquo;s forward lookin&rsquo; master plan &amp; Hey</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Mama Doudou&rsquo;s hardy men gonna help to</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">bring it on that in the mud of Congo Congo</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">gonna come a little of the Promised Land</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Gonna coltan come that Congo Congo</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Gonna coltan bring it down &amp;</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Mama Doudou knows those civil wars come on</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">come on sometimes come down to Congo</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Congo comin&rsquo; down &amp; Hey</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Mama knows how war gets passed around</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">&amp; &lsquo;round &amp; how the muddy profits come in trade</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Come traded for the guns</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">&amp; all the tradin&rsquo; parties come</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Come together</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Come around</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">to get their hands on the globalization of</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Congo</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Congo</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">comin&rsquo;</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">down</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">&amp; Mama Doudou knows the tales:</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">that bush meat fried means capacitor currents flow &amp; even officials from Nations United</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">in the the world of high-tech planning know</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">there&rsquo;s a problem come to Congo:</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; a colonized history of tearing up</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; a history of breaking down</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; of one-time rubber</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; one-time ivory</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; one-time slavery</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">come around</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">to Congo</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Congo comin&rsquo; down &amp; Hey</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Mama Doudou knows the world&rsquo;s a track</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">a train of muddy want &amp; need</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">whose veins come all the way to Congo</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">where Mama boards &amp; hopes to leave behind</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">all those disparities rustling through remaining trees</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">that call out loud or slip in silence</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">between the workers&rsquo; stiffened knees saying</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Congo Congo up for sale</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Saying</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Congo</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">Congo</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">comin&rsquo;</span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;">down&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p>
<p style="text-align: left;" align="right"><em>October 11, 2001</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p>