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    CAMBODIA
    (Words and Music by Joan Baez)

    We've watched them leaving, seen their ragged flight
    Children of the jungle, mothers of the night
    A boy of ten by the roadside lies
    Hears his future in whispers and cries
    And clutching a tiny Buddha charm
    A baby dies in his mother's arms

    Is there only sorrow in Cambodia?
    Is there no tomorrow in Cambodia?

    Leaving the graves of your ancestors after a thousand years
    Leaving a few belongings after a thousand tears
    How come you never left before through bombing, famine and flood?
    Are the rivers useless now spilling over with blood?

    Is there only sorrow in Cambodia?
    Is there no tomorrow in Cambodia?

    I hear there are very few children from ages one to five
    It takes more than jungle leaves to keep the young ones alive
    I hear some of the rice got through the outside's trying to send to you
    There you sit in the ruins of war, the doctors are waiting at your door

    And we will try and feed you, try and go to you
    People of Kampuchea, Cambodia

    A little way in from the border in the crowded camps
    I've seen mothers giving birth, seen beautiful orphans dance
    An old man turns and covers his eyes, he was never supposed to cry
    With sons and daughters and home and wife
    Taken from him in his autumn life

    Should we try and feed you, say hello to you
    Old man of Kampuchea, Kampuchea, Cambodia

    Call another conference, write another song
    Deliver another ton of rice and hope it gets where it belongs
    And rival teams of bandits are really the only choice
    Even if the people had their bellies filled, even if the people had a voice

    And meanwhile, lovers are caught in the crossfire
    Children are caught in the barbed wire
    Military sinks in the mire
    Let me show it to you

    Is there only sorrow, only sorrow in Cambodia?
    Is there no tomorrow, no tomorrow in Cambodia?
    Still we'll try and feed you, try and show to you
    People of Kampuchea, Kampuchea, Cambodia

    © 1980 Gabriel Earl Music (ASCAP)


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