LAURIE ANDERSON lyrics - Finnish Farmers

LAURIE ANDERSON
"Finnish Farmers"

During WWII, the Russians were testing their parachutes. Sometimes they didn't open at all and a lot of troops were lost this way. During the invasion of Finland, hundreds of troops were dropped during the middle of winter. As usual, some of the chutes didn't open and the troops fell straight down into the deep snow, drilling holes fifteen feet deep. The Finnish farmers would then get out their shotguns, walk out into their fields, find the holes, and fire down them.

During the 1979 drought in the Midwest, the American farmers began to rent their property to the United States government as sites for missile silos. They were told: Some of the silos contain Minutemen, and some do not. Some are designed to look like ordinary corn and grain silos. The military called these Decoy Silos, but the farmers called them the Scarecrows. The government also hinted that some of these silos might be connected by hundreds of miles of railroad in an underground shuttle system.

This is the breadbasket.
These are the crops.
The shot heard round the world.

The farmers, the Minutemen.
The farmers, the ones who were there.

Breadbasket.
Melting Pot.
Meltdown.
_Shutdown_.

United States Live (1984)