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Thread #93859   Message #1821331
Posted By: GUEST,Songster Bob
29-Aug-06 - 12:04 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: A modern folk song of your choice
Subject: Lyr Add: TURN THE BOAT AROUND (Bob Clayton)
[To: Yellow Rose of Texas]

Our leader landed on the deck dressed in his soldier suit,
A banner hanging over him, he looked so bloody cute.
But San Diego could be seen, right there in the background,
So the order soon was given, "Turn the boat around."

CHORUS: It's time to turn the boat around; that's what the people say.
The course our leader's setting is exactly the wrong way.
The compass reads "disaster," you've run us hard aground,
It's time to fire the skipper, and then turn the boat around.

He claimed that he'd found danger right there in white and black,
And the cause of all that danger was in far-away Iraq.
Weapons, terror, poison gas, nuke-u-lar missiles, too,
All waiting, primed and ready to target me and you. CHORUS

So off we went, a-shooting, and soon had 'em on the run,
With bought-and-paid-for press along, to show us all the fun.
We never found those weapons, the poison gas and such,
And the folks whose land we shot to hell don't like us very much. CHORUS

Now, here at home, his policies are tilted toward the rich,
With big tax cuts and deficits, the good old bait-and-switch.
He loves the super-rich and puts the dollars in their fist,
As for the poor, there's still the war, so they can just enlist. CHORUS

This is the "ship of state," not another "photo op,"
And when it gets to going, it's damn-all hard to stop.
But if we can turn a carrier to try to fool the press,
Then we can turn the country 'round, and get out of this mess. CHORUS

Copyright ?2003 Bob Clayton