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Cia Dope Calypso - Poem by Allen Ginsberg

In nineteen hundred forty-nine
China was won by Mao Tse-tung
Chiang Kai Shek's army ran away
They were waiting there in Thailand yesterday

Supported by the CIA

Pushing junk down Thailand way

First they stole from the Meo Tribes
Up in the hills they started taking bribes
Then they sent their soldiers up to Shan
Collecting opium to send to The Man

Pushing junk in Bangkok yesterday
Supported by the CIA

Brought their jam on mule trains down
To Chiang Mai that's a railroad town
Sold it next to the police chief's brain
He took it to town on the choochoo train
Trafficking dope to Bangkok all day
Supported by the CIA

The policeman's name was Mr. Phao
He peddled dope grand scale and how
Chief of border customs paid
By Central Intelligence's U.S. aid

The whole operation, Newspapers say
Supported by the CIA

He got so sloppy and peddled so loose
He busted himself and cooked his own goose
Took the reward for the opium load
Seizing his own haul which same he resold

Big time pusher for a decade turned grey
Working for the CIA

Touby Lyfong he worked for the French
A big fat man liked to dine & wench
Prince of the Meos he grew black mud
Till opium flowed through the land like a flood

Communists came and chased the French away
So Touby took a job with the CIA

The whole operation fell in to chaos
Till U.S. intelligence came in to Laos

Mary Azarian/Matt Wuerker I'll tell you no lie I'm a true American
Our big pusher there was Phoumi Nosavan

All them Princes in a power play
But Phoumi was the man for the CIA

And his best friend General Vang Pao
Ran the Meo army like a sacred cow
Helicopter smugglers filled Long Cheng's bars
In Xieng Quang province on the Plain of Jars

It started in secret they were fighting yesterday
Clandestine secret army of the CIA

All through the Sixties the dope flew free
Thru Tan Son Nhut Saigon to Marshall Ky
Air America followed through
Transporting comfiture for President Thieu

All these Dealers were decades and yesterday
The Indochinese mob of the U.S. CIA

Operation Haylift Offisir Wm Colby
Saw Marshall Ky fly opium Mr. Mustard told me
Indochina desk he was Chief of Dirty Tricks
"Hitch-hiking" with dope pushers was how he got his fix

Subsidizing the traffickers to drive the Reds away
Till Colby was the head of the CIA

Comments about Cia Dope Calypso by Allen Ginsberg

  • Rookie - 129 Points Mark Sak (9/1/2015 7:09:00 AM)

    This poem is very true! ! ! He did a wonderful job and had the guts to publish it! ! ! Kudos Mr. Ginsberg! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Ciarli Ling (2/3/2013 9:59:00 AM)

    Nice natural howl to CIA. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chris Bowen (6/22/2008 1:59:00 AM)

    i wonder if this was written in complaint mode or just an observation from a poet? (Report) Reply

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Poems About Yesterday

  1. 1. Cia Dope Calypso , Allen Ginsberg
  2. 2. Yesterday And Today Xii , Khalil Gibran
  3. 3. Dulcis Memoria , Henry Van Dyke
  4. 4. That Day , Anne Sexton
  5. 5. Yesterday...I Was With You , Unwritten Soul
  6. 6. It Was Only Yesterday , Sanda May Benlien
  7. 7. You, Yesterday And I , indira babbellapati
  8. 8. Carpe Diem , Scarlet .....
  9. 9. Yesterday , Edgar Albert Guest
  10. 10. * .. , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  11. 11. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Visit Yesterday To.. , Dónall Dempsey
  12. 12. Yesterday is Now Today By Now! , pantor of the Oaks
  13. 13. (vcy) ......Searching For Yesterday , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  14. 14. A War With Yesterday , M.D DINESH NAIR
  15. 15. About Yesterdays...And Tomorrow , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  16. 16. Shopping For Yesterday , Adrian Wait
  17. 17. I Yearn For Yesterday... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  18. 18. 002-Yesterday... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  19. 19. Youth Always Wins , Lonnie Hicks
  20. 20. * Ýêstêrdãý * , Menime Soul
  21. 21. 005-Searching For Yesterday , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  22. 22. Dancer In The Rain , Gabe Florsheim
  23. 23. I Don'T Love You Like I Did Yesterday. , lilly mandrell
  24. 24. I Can'T Get The Back... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  25. 25. In The Cover Of Darkness... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  26. 26. Mynah Birds And Passing Memories , Greg Davidson
  27. 27. Clinging On To Life... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  28. 28. Hold Tight To Yesterday... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  29. 29. Hold Tight To Life , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  30. 30. I Didn'T Know What I Had... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  31. 31. Bring Back Yesterday , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  32. 32. Bring Back Yesterday... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  33. 33. Hold Back The Day... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  34. 34. The Phase Of Change , M.D Dinesh Nair
  35. 35. Yesterday Today And Tomorrow , ramesh rai
  36. 36. A Dream-Color Marble , .., Rahman .., Henry
  37. 37. Yesterday Is History , Emily Dickinson
  38. 38. Life's Swan Song , Gopaldas Neeraj
  39. 39. * Yesterday , Linda Ori
  40. 40. .! @.$%^&*() , Matthew Boisjolie
  41. 41. Yesterday By Michael Bolton , Eslam Mohamed
  42. 42. I Was Walking In Yesterday , Rani Turton
  43. 43. I Died Yesterday , Izobelle Pulgo
  44. 44. Yesterday Is Gone , nader baheri
  45. 45. Facets Of Time , Tirupathi Chandrupatla
  46. 46. Oh Face Of Yesterday #3 , Heather Burns
  47. 47. Ph: Echo Poem: Pain's Necessity , Brian Johnston
  48. 48. Many Years Into Yesterday , David Harris
  49. 49. Because, Tomorrow Never Be Mine....... , Ravi Sathasivam
  50. 50. A Song Close To My Heart (For Many Years) , steve ray
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