These are the lyrics to the song “American Junk” released by Jim Paredes and the Apo Hiking Society in 1987.
Leave me alone to my third world devices
I don’t need your technology
You just want my natural resources
And then you leave me poor and in misery
Third world blues is what I got
Troubles, yes I got a lot
Get it out of my bloodstream
Get it out of my system
I can only take so much
Gotta get back to who I am
You call it new music
I call it pollution
You music I now see on my television
(American Top 40)
Why is it now I can only sing
In English language that you people bring
(Da da da da)
Why is it now that they only
Play top 40 music on TV and radio
It’s been so long since I had
A glance of what I think I really am
Watch the video of a past performance here:
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Paredes is well aware that nobody truly is “infallible”. Not even him, considering that he has, on many cccasions demonstrated an astounding yawning inconsistency when it comes to matching his personal philosophies and his political leanings.
Unfortunately, in a star-struck society like the Philippines, celebrities are regarded as infallible. And that is the sort of environment where Paredes thrives.
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