(Words and Music by Joan Baez)

    Happy birthday, Leonid Brezhnev
    What a lovely seventy-fifth
    We watched the party on TV
    You seemed to be taking things casually
    What a mighty heart must beat in your breast
    To hold forty-nine medals on your chest
    Think of all the gifts that you've got
    Some were acquired and some were not
    Like a natural talent for marionettes
    Who do your dirty work and cover your bets
    So with one hand waving free
    The other one crushed a budding democracy

    Congratulations, Jaruzelski
    What a wonderful job you have done
    Let me mention to a sane man's eye
    You've lost the meaning of compromise
    They're comparing you to General Pinochet
    It's a dubious compliment at best
    Your people are freezing, the workers are bleeding
    You've already arranged numerous deaths
    The only difference in the camps from the stadiums
    Is not much for the doomed all cry
    It's only the weather and the songs people sing
    Just before they die

    Do you hear us, Lech Walesa?
    What a terrible price you have paid
    For being ahead of your time
    Has surely constituted a crime
    Oh, Mr. Brezhnev, look
    Somebody read the little red book
    And took it all seriously
    The way you did when you were young and you believed
    And you workers and you black Madonna
    You're not supposed to utter a word
    But the courage of you and your man of the year
    Is a symphony the world has seldom seen or heard
    Through the Siberian gates of hell
    The Pope and the bishops are wishing you well
    We see your candles in the park
    Hear your fearless promises in the dark
    How they cheat and when tried to win
    They didn't know that there would always be within you
    And we hear you, Lech Walesa
    Yes, we hear you, Lech Walesa
    Yes, we hear you, Lech Walesa
    Yes, we hear you, Lech Walesa

    © 1982 Gabriel Earl Music (ASCAP)

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