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I wrote this song last year, and I figured I'd dust it off for the holidays this year. I wasn't a member of Kos last year, but now that I am, I figure it's time to spread some holiday cheer around. And you don't even have to be Christian to appreciate this carol.

It's to the tune of Away in a Manger, in case that's not obvious. Happy holidays, all. Shop wisely.

Away in a WalMart,
With low overhead.
Great deals and low prices,
What more to be said?
The loudspeaker calls you:
"Big sale in aisle four!"
There's "USA" sweatshirts
Made in Singapore.

Away in Karachi,
More textiles are made.
At eight cents an hour
Baluchis are paid.
They shiver in hovels
From cradle to grave,
Slaving for WalMart,
So that you can save.

Away in Ohio,
A fact'ry shut down.
And broad unemployment
Has crippled some town.
The workers were cast off
When a bean-counting sage
Found that Pakistanis
Don't get minimum wage.

Originally posted to Kurt Kaletka on Thu Dec 01, 2005 at 06:06 PM PST.

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