Another Country – Phil Ochs

He tried to stand again but everybody held him down:
A time of terror when the bullet pierced the air —
I know that couldn’t happen here.
Oh, it must have been another country —
Yes, it must have been another land.
That couldn’t happen in the U. S. A.
We’d never treat a man that way.

And a migrant worker sweats underneath the blazin’ sun.
He’s fallen on his knees but his work is never done.
He begs someone to listen but nobody seems to care,
And I know that couldn’t happen here.
Oh, it must have been another country —
Yes, it must have been another land.
That couldn’t happen in the U. S. A.
We’d never treat a man that way.

And a man is working steady, it’s good money he receives
But he’s thrown out of work for the wrong things he believes.
He didn’t have the thoughts most everybody shares.
I know that couldn’t happen here,
so it must have been another country —
Yes, it must have been another land.
That couldn’t happen in the U. S. A.
We’d never treat a man that way.


Lyric Another Country – Phil Ochs