Friday, January 14, 2005

Business Trip To India

Dedicated to all the American computer dudes (and dudettes) who suddenly have low-wage "team-mates" in India, especially those whose company is blowing any cost savings by sending manager after manager halfway around the world to hold those team-mates' (ahem) hands:

I present a blatant, incomplete and entirely amateurish hack of the Dead Kennedys' classic, Holiday In Cambodia. The lines lifted unchanged from the original are in italics; whether that speaks to how well the original song fits my purpose, or just to my own laziness, is left as an exercise for the reader.

(If you have a Jukebox on your company network, the mp3 of the original song might be found under /Dead Kennedys/Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death/08 Holiday In Cambodia.mp3. ;-)

So you're outsourcin'
For a year or two
And you know you've seen it all
The time has come
Thinkin' you'll go far
Back east your type don't crawl

Write buzzwordy mail
To increase your sales
On your five grand Win PC
Braggin' that you know
How your coders are scared
But Nilesh is almost free!

It's time to taste
What you most fear
Right Guard will not help you here
Brace yourself my dear
Brace yourself my dear...

It's a business trip to India
It's tough, boss, but it's life
It's a business trip to India
Don't forget to leave your wife

You're a star-belly sneech
You suck like a leach
You want everyone to act like you
Kiss ass while you bitch
So you can get rich
But your boss gets richer off you

Well they'll work harder
With a boss on their back
For a fraction what we make
Slave for the man
Till they quit
Then our project's skewered on a stake

Now you can go
Where people are one
Now you can go
Where they get things done
What you need, my son
What you need, my son...

Is a business trip to India
Where dysentery's thick
A business trip to India
Where you've never been so sick!


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