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This is long and angry. I was sickened to read in November 2008 of the trampling to death of a WalMart employee at the start of a 5am pre-Christmas sale. Given the nature of the system, the responsible party(ies) were of course never held accountable.

I hear it as folk-rock or uptempo folk-ballad.

The Biggest Sale in Town: Black Friday

[Narrated bit - either intro or outro: When a reporter asked Mahatma Gandhi what he thought of Western civilisation, he replied: "I think it would be a very good idea.']

(v1)
Jimbo's first work day
At the Green Acres Mall
Valley Stream's finest
Bargains waiting for all
Two thousand [people] gathered
For "gifts worth waking for"
A 5 am opening
For discounts galore

Pre-chorus
Raise the flag for greed and profit
Top-brand widescreen
Fifty percent off it

Chorus
Must have felt like Armageddon
When their boots smashed in his face
[The] horde in a frenzy
Trying to be the first in place
Did Jimbo feel his lungs collapse
As heels hammered down
Nailed him to the bargain floor
At the biggest Sale in town

(v2)
[The] metal doorframe buckled
The herd stampeded through
No Security to stop them
Nothing [any]one could do
A temporary worker
Now he's permanently gone
Tried to earn an honest dollar
That he's never bringing home

Pre-chorus
Raise the flag for greed and profit
A six-piece luggage set
Seventy percent off it

Chorus
Must have felt like Armageddon
When their boots smashed in his face
[The] horde in a frenzy
Trying to be the first in place
Did he feel his lungs collapse
As heels hammered down
Nailed him to the bargain floor
At the biggest Sale in town

Instrumental

Bridge
Wasn't just the crowd
The venue was at fault
Penny-pinched on Crowd Control
With billions in the vault
Nearly happened twice before
The bosses paid no heed
No one held accountable
For the senseless tragedy

Epilogue/Outro
A crowd presses hard against the glass to see
Medics trying to force a dead man to breathe
[Voices shouting in the background]
Someone grab a coffee, pass me a 'burger
Hell, this is better than reality TV
We've been waiting all night
We're not going back
Hey, stop pushing...

Music gets quieter, starts to fade