Saturday, December 17, 2005


It’s alright, it’s alright, ‘cause the system never fails
The good guys are in power and the bad guys are in jail

It’s alright, it’s alright, just as long as we can vote
We live in democracy and that's what we promote

It’s alright, it’s alright, at least there’s half a truth
Hearing what we want’s the secret of eternal youth

It’s alright, it’s alright, with the planet split in three
‘Cause I'll keep on selling records and you’ve got your MTV

If we forget about ‘em, don't worry
If they forget about us, then hurry
How about the people who don’t matter anymore
in East Timor, Timor, Timor?

[Shakira, Oral Fixation, Volume 2—Timor]

Is it bad that, as many times as I've listened to that song (it's quite catchy), I'm not really compelled to even read the East Timor article on Wikipedia and find out what the deal is? Yeah, probably is. All I really know is that they were occupied by someone and recently got independence from the UN, or something to that effect.

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