Hüsker Dü was a rock band from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Its members were Bob Mould, Greg Norton, and Grant Hart.
Recorded in 1985, at the height of the Reagan administration, this song feels like a prescient warning. —The Editors
Well they divided up all the land And we've got states and cities Cities have their neighborhoods And more subdivisions There's countries divided by walls Oceans and latitudes And longitude, longing to find out Just what they're missing, whoa They're 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, and Reuters To tell everybody, news news We'll be one happy neighborhood Spread out across the world Who's going to stop that burglar From breaking in my house If he lives that far away, wha We'll be just like old friends No means to your ends The police state is to busy 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 A 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, what oh oh, oh oh 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 Divide and conquer They divide and conquer Divide and conquer, listen Na na na na na na na Na na na na na na na Na na na na, whoa Divide and conquer Divide and conquer And conquer Divide and conquer And conquer Divide and conquer And conquer, listen La la la la la la la La la la la la la la La la la, whoa, yeh