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I loved that game when I was a kid!

Yeah, that sound.

As current events have unfolded over the years, I’ve often thought of Divide and Conquer from 1985’s Flip your Wig:

Well, they divided up all the land
We’ve got states and cities
Cities have their neighborhoods
And more subdivisions

There’s countries divided by walls
Oceans and latitude
And longitude, longing to find out
Just what they’re missing

There’s lots of area codes
And nine digit zip codes
Secret decoder ring codes
Arteries, shopping nodes

We’ll invent some new computers
Link up the global village
And get AP, UPI, Reuters
To tell everybody the news

We’ll be one happy neighborhood
Spread out across the world
Who’s going to stop that burglar
From breaking into my house
If he lives that far away

We’ll be just like old friends
No means to your ends
The police state is too busy
And the neighborhood’s getting out of hand

Big Brother on every wall
Muzak plays in all the halls
Empires see the rise and fall
They divide, conquer

It’s not about my politics
Something happened way too quick
Bunch of men who played it sick
They divide, conquer

It’s all here before your eyes
Safety is a big disguise
That hides among the other lies
They divide, conquer

Well, I expect I won’t be heard
'Cause my silence is assured
Never a discouraging word
They divide and conquer

They divide and conquer

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