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Libretto/Lyrics/Text:HUNG CHIANG CH'ING
I am the wife of Mao Tse-tung
who raised the weak above the strong.
When I appear the people hang
upon my words, and for his sake
whose wreaths are heavy round my neck
I speak according to the book.
When did the Chinese people last
expose its daughters? At the breast
of history I sucked and pissed,
thoughtless and heartless, red and blind,
I cut my teeth upon the land
and when I walked my feet were bound
on revolution. Let me be
a grain of sand in heaven's eye
and I shall taste eternal joy.
(The people express their bitterness against
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