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Iraq War Protest songs

Jack the Sailor 23 Mar 08 - 02:03 AM
oldhippie 23 Mar 08 - 11:00 AM
GUEST,ifor 23 Mar 08 - 12:04 PM
bankley 23 Mar 08 - 02:35 PM
MARINER 23 Mar 08 - 04:40 PM
Girl Friday 23 Mar 08 - 04:54 PM
Suffet 23 Mar 08 - 06:20 PM
Commander Crabbe 23 Mar 08 - 08:25 PM
Songster Bob 23 Mar 08 - 08:34 PM
Songster Bob 23 Mar 08 - 08:36 PM
Suffet 23 Mar 08 - 09:09 PM
Rapparee 23 Mar 08 - 09:54 PM
Arkie 23 Mar 08 - 10:26 PM
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mark gregory 24 Mar 08 - 01:37 AM
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oldhippie 24 Mar 08 - 07:48 AM
Charley Noble 24 Mar 08 - 08:01 AM
Suffet 24 Mar 08 - 08:26 AM
Sugwash 24 Mar 08 - 08:51 AM
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Subject: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 02:03 AM

Here is one,

Bush War Blues

Got more?


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: oldhippie
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 11:00 AM

You can start with the CD "Voices From the Frontline" (crosscheckrecords.com) and tothefallenrecords.com for collections. There are many individual songs; The rewrite of "Cops of the World" by Bev Grant, "The Holidays Ae Here and We're Still at War" Brett Dennan, "Operation Iraqi Liberation" - David Rovics, "When Will the Warring Stop" Kate Borkowski, All My WMD's - Laramie Crocker, "Christmas In Fallugah", and (Bagh "Dad's Gonna Kill Me" among others. In addition, there are a lot of anti-Bush songs that partially refer to Iraq. try "topplebush.com" and freedomtracks.com for song lists and free legal downloads.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: GUEST,ifor
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 12:04 PM

The Ballad of Harry Farr by Huw Pudner is a song about a soldier executed on the Somme in WW1,however the last verse is relevant to the invasion of Iraq.....

"So many years on
All those soldiers have gone
They pardoned young Harry
With a stroke of a pen
But what of the liars
Who send men to the fires?
They are still free
To start wars once again"

from
The Ballad of Harry Farr


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: bankley
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 02:35 PM

check out 'justice through music project' from DC. www.jtmp.org   
under 'songs'
a lot of good material there


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: MARINER
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 04:40 PM

Check out the new Black 47 cd. "Iraq" .There's enough on there to keep anyone satisfied for a long time .


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Girl Friday
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 04:54 PM

Check out Country Joe McDonald's website

http://www.countryjoe.com/fixins.htm#jihad

For Tone Deaf's Jihad Song


Country Joe's Vietnam TakeOffs - Jihad


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BLIND VETERAN and HOME (Steve Suffet)
From: Suffet
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 06:20 PM

Greeting:

Here are two songs. This first one connects generations from Vietnam and Iraq. I just recorded it last month and it will be on my next CD, due out this fall.

THE BLIND VETERAN
Tune: The Blind Fiddler (traditional)
New words by Steve Suffet ©2008

I lost my eyes in Vietnam,
In nineteen sixty-six,
While in the Mekong Delta,
We'd gone about two clicks,
When Charlie lobbed a mortar round,
And there it sealed my doom.
I am a blind veteran,
Pennsylvania is my home.

I've been to the V.A. hospital,
Time and time again,
They operated on both my eyes,
But nothing could they gain.
They awarded me a Purple Heart,
Then left me on my own.
I am a blind veteran,
Pennsylvania is my home.

I had a son and daughter,
Depending then on me,
I did my best to raise them,
With eyes that could not see.
I did my best to teach them well,
'Til they had kids of their own,
I wish I could see my family,
When they visit me at home.

Uncle Sam and Charlie,
Are buddies nowadays.
With runaway garment factories,
That pay a starvation wage.
I may not have my eyesight,
But I can plainly see,
What that war was all about,
And the lies they told to me.

When I listen to the radio,
It's happening once again.
There may be times for fighting,
But this isn't one of them.
May God protect my grandchildren,
'Til safely they come home,
I am a blind veteran,
Pennsylvania is my home.


I also recorded this next song, but just for archival purposes. I am not planning to release it on CD.

HOME
Tune: Shul Aroon (Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier) (traditional)
New words by Steve Suffet, Joel Landy, and Anne Price © 2008

Start on chorus:
Home, home, bring our soldiers home.
When you stand for peace, you never stand alone.
Home, home, bring our soldiers home.
Let's bring our soldiers home,
From the army.

We shall not sit with tear drops in our eyes,
We shall not listen to their vicious lies,
We shall stand for peace, and we shall organize,
To bring our soldiers home,
From the army. [Repeat chorus]

We shall not bathe ourselves in bitter tears,
We shall not lose ourselves in darkest fears,
We shall stand up proud and fight the profiteers,
Let's bring our soldiers home,
From the army. [Repeat chorus]

We shall not lose when we are all as one,
And say forever that the war is done,
We shall save our every daughter and save our every son,
Let's bring our soldiers home,
From the army. [Repeat chorus]


Sing them as you please, but if you would like to record them, please contact me by e-mail for a mechanical license.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 08:25 PM

John Wright also did a song called W.O.M.D


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Subject: Lyr Add: TURN THE BOAT AROUND (Bob Clayton)
From: Songster Bob
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 08:34 PM

TURN THE BOAT AROUND

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 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


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Subject: Lyr Add: TOO MUCH FOR THE WHISTLE (Bob Clayton)
From: Songster Bob
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 08:36 PM

Oops! The tune for "Turn the Boat Around" is "Yellow Rose of Texas."
Then there's this one:


TOO MUCH FOR THE WHISTLE
(To the tune of "Red River Valley")

Now, it was Ben Franklin who told it, a tale from when he was a boy.
Bright pennies lay there in his pocket, when he spotted a wonderful toy.
A shiny, new whistle—he bought it—but his brothers told him with a laugh,
"You paid far too much for your whistle. You could have had it for half."쳌

CHORUS: Are we paying too much for our whistle?
It's the question heard all 'round the earth.
Are we paying too much for our whistle?
Is it costing us more than it's worth?

When you see a car ad on your TV, "No interest, and no money down,"쳌
Do you rush right down then and buy one, and drive it all over town,
Where you're joined by all of those others, in long lines going nowhere?
Then think of the words of Ben Franklin, as you gasp for a breath of clean air.

The president called him "a monster."쳌The president said, "He's a threat."쳌
And, "We've got to invade them to save us,"쳌from the weapons we haven't found yet.
Our forces used "shock and awe"쳌tactics. We rolled over their army with ease
And took quick control of the oil fields. We need to feed our SUVs. CHORUS

The economy's deep in the doldrums. The economy's mired in a slump.
The president said he could fix it, before we end up in the dump.
So he took all the tax we collected, though all the doubters might scoff,
And gave it away to the wealthy, and it's up to our kids to pay off. CHORUS


Copyright ©2003 Bob Clayton


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Suffet
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 09:09 PM

Bob,

I guess you know that Joel Landy, the producer and host of the Songs of Freedom Cable TV program here in New York City, has been singing Turn the Boat Around for more than a year already. He has his wife hold up giant cue cards with the words of the chorus written out so the audience can sing along. He did it that way last year at the Dissident Folk Festival and at NOMAD, and he will likely do it again at NEFFA next month. Yes, he gives you credit. Maybe you should ask him to be on his TV program.

In addition, Joel produces live a live show every Thursday night at the Yippie Museum Cafe in Lower Manhattan. I bet he'll book you for a gig if you want one. You can click here to contact him by e-mail.

--- Steve


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Subject: Lyr Add: GEORGE W. TOLD THE NATION (Tom Paxton)
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 09:54 PM

GEORGE W. TOLD THE NATION
By Tom Paxton

I got a letter from old George W.,
It said, "Son, I hate to trouble ya,
But this war of mine is going bad.
It's time for me to roll the dice;
I know you've already been there twice,
But I am sending you back to Baghdad."

Chorus:
Hey! George W. told the nation,
"This is not an escalation;
This is just a surge toward victory.
Just to win my little war,
I'm sending 20,000 more,
To help me save Iraq from Iraqis.

And, so, I made it to Iraq
In time for one more sneak attack,
And to my old battalion I was sent.
We drive around in our Humvees,
Listening to The Black-Eyed Peas
And speaking fondly of the president. (To Chorus)

Celebrities all come to see us,
Grateful they don't have to be us,
Politicians show their best face card.
Where is Bubba? Where's our leader?
Where's our favorite lip reader?
AWOL from the Texas National Guard

If you're hunkered in Fallujah
Wondering who it was who screwed ya,
Wondering what became of "Shock and Awe!"
You are feeling semi-certain
It has to do with Halliburton,
Dick Cheney's why you drew that fatal straw.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PEACE ON EARTH
From: Arkie
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 10:26 PM

Nancy Griffith's "Blue Ball of War" does not specifically mention Iraq but was inspired in part by the current war.

Eddie Vedder's "No More".

Willie Nelson - Whatever Happened to Peace On Earth

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PEACE ON EARTH - Willie Nelson

There's so many things going on in the world
Babies dying
Mothers crying
How much oil is one human life worth
And what ever happened to peace on earth

We believe everything that they tell us
They're gonna' kill us
So we gotta' kill them first
But I remember a commandment
Thou shall not kill
How much is that soldier's life worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

(Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we've been told from our birth
Hell they won't lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth


So I guess it's just
Do unto others before they do it to you
Let's just kill em' all and let God sort em' out
Is this what God wants us to do

(Repeat Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we've been told from our birth
Hell they won't lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

Now you probably won't hear this on your radio
Probably not on your local TV
But if there's a time, and if you're ever so inclined
You can always hear it from me
How much is one picker's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

But don't confuse caring for weakness
You can't put that label on me
The truth is my weapon of mass protection
And I believe truth sets you free

(Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we've been told from our birth
Hell they won't lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

The Price Of Oil - Billy Bragg

Voices on the radio
tell us that we're going to war
those brave men and women in uniform
they want to know what they're fighting for.

The generals want to hear the end game
the allies won't approve the plan
but the oil men in the white house
they just don't give a damn.

It's all about the price of oil
it's all about the price of oil
don't give me no shit
about blood, sweat, tears and toil
it's all about the price of oil

Now I ain't no fan of Saddam Hussein
oh, please don't get me wrong
if it's freeing the Iraqi people you're after
then why have we waited so long.

Why didn't we sort this out last time
was he less evil than he is now
the stock market holds the answer
to why him, why here, why now.

Saddam killed his own people
just like general Pinochet
and once upon a time both these evil men
were supported by the U.S.A.

And whisper it, even Bin Laden
once drank from America's cup
just like that election down in Florida
this shit doesn't all add up.

It's all about the price of oil
'cause it's all about the price of oil
don't give me no shit
about blood, sweat, tears and toil
it's all about the price of oil.

Music and lyrics by Billy Bragg, 2002.
Produced by Billy Bragg and Simon Edwards


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Arkie
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 10:30 PM

Those wanting to pursue this in more depth can check this site:

Anti-War songs


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: mark gregory
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 01:37 AM

There are many Iraq war protest songs in the Union Songs collection, especially Australian ones! Early in 2003 a CD of these songs called No Blood for Oil was released, if you search http://unionsong.com/ you'll find nearly 30 of them including Peggy Seeger's "Cavemen", Norman Blake's "Don't Be Afraid of the Neo-cons", "Bring 'Em Home" A Pete Seeger song revisited for Iraq

Interestingly CDs like No Blood for Oil were released in Australia and largely ignored while music reporters were writing articles like "where are all the protest songs?". Seems they were scouring the hit parade rather than actually looking!


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: MARINER
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 04:44 AM

I've pasted details of the songs from Black47's CD. "Iraq" here with comments by the bands writer/ leader /singer ,Larry Kirwan .Hope it is of help .





Song commentary by Larry Kirwan

Stars and Stripes
Johnnie was just a kid. I mean we were all kids but he seemed younger, less sure of himself. Anbar changed that. Grow up or die. It only took one mistake but Johnnie didn't make any. That's what I liked about him. Guy had eyes in the back of his head. I guess his luck ran out. It was the longest hour of my life. Waiting for that chopper. Begging him to hold on. I still remember the last thing I said to him, "when we get back to Bragg, I'm gonna drink your ass under the table." Yeah…

Downtown Baghdad Blues
One weekend a month! That's what they said when we joined the Guard. Two full tours later, I'm almost used to this hellhole. Everyone's got their problems. One guy can't take the heat, another the dust, the smell, the flies, the dogs howlin', the call to prayer. And I got you… readin' between the lines of your email, wonderin' why you can't be bothered writin' a letter. Nothin' over her makes any sense but you make even less. As soon as we're gone the sand will cover up everything - just like we'd never come. So, what the hell am I doin' here in the first place?

Sadr City
Gunner was crazy before he hit Baghdad - out of his head fixating on old movies. Nothing seemed to affect him - except Mookie. Swore Moqtada Al Sadr was a dead ringer for Orson Wells. Taped both their pictures over his bunk and stared at them for hours. Was sure Mookie was out to get him personally. Didn't help that he spent most of his tour in a Hummer cruising Sadr City - red-hot Mookie turf. Last time I saw him down in Walter Reade, wouldn't you know it, he was still staring at those two pictures on his wall.

Sunrise on Brooklyn
I should have said something, anything, not just let you walk away. Maybe it was just another kiss to you, nothing to write home about, but you did say you cared. Was it just because I was leaving the next day? Doing your duty - feeling sorry for another jarhead off to the sandpit? Then I remember the way you melted against me, lips open, tongues touching, with the Verazanno lit up like a string of pearls in the night. And then your friends shouted and you had to go, but I can still feel the print of your body… man, it's too quiet out there, muezzin should be praying and, oh shit, something just moved up on that minaret…

No Better Friend… No Worse Enemy
The US Marines have long been a first step up the ladder for poor and working class youth. They leave behind much blood in the sands of Iraq.

Ballad of Cindy Sheehan
The gutter press, the talking heads on TV, the DC chicken-hawks, they all did such a job on this woman that I was a bit leery meeting her. Was she really just another egomaniac looking for attention? But those planted fears faded away in the warmth of her smile and the firmness of her handshake. All I saw was an American mother trying to stop this madness before another women loses her son.

The Last One to Die
If there's one thing this war has given me, it's perspective. Not about over here. I'll never understand these people. Talk about two different worlds - more like universes. No, I mean back home. I know it's hard for people to have any idea what we're going through. But I know exactly what they're doing because I used to be just like them: watching TV, going to the mall, rooting for the Brewers - a great big ball of nothing! The country is as flabby as a politician's ass; we're lied to and led by those who keep us stupid to make money off us. Over here, bad as it is, we're lean and mean and rely on each other - not in some bullshit television way, but for real. When I go back I'm going to do something about it.

The Fighting 69th (on the road to the airport)
The 69th Infantry Regiment of the New York National Guard gained its reputation at Antietam and Fredericksburg. In 2004 the Fighting 69th was deployed to Iraq where it guarded the infamous Route Irish, linking the Green Zone to Baghdad International Airport, often called "the most dangerous piece of real estate in the world." Nineteen members were killed in action, and seventy-eight seriously wounded.

Battle of Fallujah
If they'd let us finish it in April we wouldn't have had to go back again in November. By then Zarqawi had the joint booby-trapped and laid thick with IEDs, snipers hanging out of the goddamn moon. We plowed through that town, rubbling everything in our way; and when we reached the desert, we had to turn around and fight right back through again. Zarqawi knew we were coming and was history. Only the loonies stayed behind. Ever fight someone who wants to die and take you with them? That's what it was like. Still, we blew the hell out of them and everything else too. Now we got to pay Halliburton or some bunch of crooks to rebuild the whole thing. What a war!

Ramadi
Goddamn smoke grenades did it. One minute I'm running down an alley behind the Lieutenant; next I'm half blind, slippin' on broken glass and rollin' over assways. Now I'm pinned between a wall and a burnt out Toyota. The Lieutenant will come back for me but there's a Haji on the roof got my number. It's too quiet. Jesus! Just some mortars goin' off over by the river - far away, nearly as far away as you and your emails and cold kisses and how come you never write a real letter and is he still around and don't tell me you don't run into him and I know he wants you so bad that it's driving me out of my head and I can feel that Haji zeroin' in and…

Southside Chicago Waltz
He was just another Southside kid at the Gaelic Park Festival. I didn't pay him much heed, though his favorite song was American Wake rather than James Connolly or Funky Ceili. It didn't surprise me when he enlisted after 9/11 - all those kids wanted to do their part. Iraq changed him. That wasn't surprising either; most of them were quieter, more serious, bending over backwards to mask their feelings. What did surprise me is that he re-enlisted and went back. Said it made more sense over there. This one's for you, kid. See you Memorial Day…

Whatever…
The catchword of our times… The general disengagement in the country is staggering. Whatever one's politics, there is little doubt that this war was unnecessary. And yet it drags on, hemorrhaging the nation of blood, money and morality. A very small percentage are doing the fighting and dying for us. Are we so over-entertained, so under-informed that we can't see the forest for the splintered trees? Despite all the spinning and dissembling of the last five years, we're a bigger country than that, a greater people, ill served by flaccid words like whatever…


The latest album from Black 47

In Stores March 4, 2008


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: oldhippie
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 07:48 AM

Steve,
"The Blind Veteran" is a powerful song. Looking forward to the CD. Hope it will be available for Veterans Day airing!


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE PERSIAN GULF TRAGEDY (Charlie Ipcar)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 08:01 AM

This protest song was obsolete the week it was composed (copy and paste into WORD/TIMES/12 to line up chords):

By Charlie Ipcar © 1991
Tune: The Ballad of Springhill by Peggy Seeger

THE PERSIAN GULF TRAGEDY


Dm---------C----Dm-----------C
In the Persian Gulf, you don't sleep easy,
Dm----------F---G---------Dm
Of-ten the earth will tremble and coil;
Dm----------F—G-------AmEmDm
When the skies are rest less, people die –
Dm-----C----------Dm---C
Bone and blood is the price of oil,
Dm-----C----------Dm AmA7
Bone and blood is the price of oil.

Hear the sirens wail, o'er a sleeping city,
See the tracers light the midnight skies;
A dance of death, flashed 'round the world –
Bone and blood is the price of lies,
Bone and blood is the price of lies.

See soldiers file out, across the desert,
Encased in armor, hear their engines whine;
For God and Country, loved ones dear,
But bone and blood is the bottom line,
Bone and blood is the bottom line.

See the generals in their bomb-proof bunkers,
Watching the war on the video display;
Machines rain death on distant lands
Bone and blood is the price today,
Bone and blood is the price today.

See the oil plume spread from the pumping station,
A black ooze washes against the shore;
Birds and fish die by the millions
Bone and blood is the final score,
Bone and blood is the final score.

See the Dove of Peace fly above the marchers,
Hear voices rise; best heed their plea:
"Cease fire now! Send soldiers home!
Bone and blood is Death's victory,
Bone and blood is Death's victory!"

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Suffet
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 08:26 AM

Greetings again,

Thank you, Oldhippie, for your comments. My recording of The Blind Veteran is nearly ready for release. It just needs some minor editing and then mastering. The CD, tentatively titled Low Rent District should be out in time for my two week mini-tour of England in October. If not, I will put The Blind Veteran on SoundClick or MySpace as a free download.

--- Steve


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Subject: Lyr Add: THEY'RE BRINGING MY SON HOME TODAY
From: Sugwash
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 08:51 AM

I wrote this one after watching news interviews with the fathers of sons who had been killed in Afghanistan, but it could equally apply to Iraq.


THEY'RE BRINGING MY SON HOME TODAY
©J.A.Sugden March 2007

As I sit on his bed I remember his smile,
They're bringing my son home today,
In this photo he's beaming, surrounded by mates,
They're bringing my son home.
His birth was a hard one, the wife suffered and how;
We'd not have another, we both made that vow.
But the pain she felt then is nothing to what she feels now.
They're bringing my son home today.

There's an interview with his old headmaster,
They're bringing my son home today,
He's saying he was a popular student,
They're bringing my son home.
But he was in trouble from first to last;
Our hopes of university quickly passed.
When the police were involved his mum was aghast.
They're bringing my son home today.

After school he just drifted,
They're bringing my son home today,
From dole to dead-end job and back,
They're bringing my son home.
Then out of the blue he'll be a marine.
The wife was in hysterics and causing a scene.
I encouraged him, God help me, "Go serve the Queen".
They're bringing my son home today.

He loved it, all the training,
They're bringing my son home today,
The hard graft and camaraderie,
They're bringing my son home.
Then training was ended and come the day,
The look on his face when he got his green beret.
We were both so proud he'd found his own way.
They're bringing my son home today.

Then he's off on his first deployment,
They're bringing my son home today,
To a land far from this English shore,
They're bringing my son home.
He relished the action; it's what he'd joined for.
Part of an elite, the esprit de corps.
Then one evening, the knock on our door
They're bringing my son home today.

Downing Street expresses regrets.
They're bringing my son home today.
Politicians spouting platitudes.
They're bringing my son home.
His C.O., more honest, says "He was a good bloke.
Always stood by his mates; always ready with a joke."
The wife is in pieces, I think her heart's broke
They're bringing my son home today.

There're flowers outside the barracks gate
They're bringing my son home today
The Union flag flies at half-mast
They're bringing my son home
An old man pauses, then throws a salute
They'll say my son died serving his country; that I'll dispute
He died serving a policy dreamt up by a suit
They're bringing my son home today.

The bugle will play the Last Post,
They're bringing my son home today,
As they carry him slowly down the ramp.
They're bringing my son home.
I've watched that scene too often before,
But this time it's my son, a by-product of a lousy war.
Can somebody tell me just what he died for?
They're bringing my son home today,
They're bringing my son home today,
They're bringing my son home.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Sugwash
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 01:20 PM

A ropey rendition of the above can be found at

http://www.myspace.com/sugwash

click on the video link.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 09:54 PM

Good work, Sugwash.

Charley Noble


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHOCK AND AWE and LET'S IMPEACH THE PRES.
From: bobad
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 10:35 PM

Two from Neil Young's album "Living With War"

SHOCK AND AWE

Back in the days of shock and awe
We came to liberate them all
History was the cruel judge of overconfidence
Back in the days of shock and awe

Back in the days of "mission accomplished"
Our chief was landing on the deck
The sun was setting on a golden photo op
Back in the days of "mission accomplished"

Thousands of bodies in the ground
Brought home in boxes to a trumpet's sound
No one sees them coming home that way
Thousands buried in the ground

Thousands of children scarred for life
Millions of tears for a soldier's wife
Both sides are losing now
Heaven takes them in
Thousands of children scarred for life

We had a chance to change our mind
But somehow wisdom was hard to find
We went with what we knew and now we can't go back
But we had a chance to change our mind.



LET'S IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT

Let's impeach the President for lying
And misleading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door

Who's the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
They bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war

Let's impeach the President for spying
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
By tapping our computers and telephones

What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
Would New Orleans have been safer that way
Sheltered by our government's protection
Or was someone just not home that day?

Flip - Flop
Flip - Flop
Flip - Flop
Flip - Flop

Let's impeach the president for hijacking
Our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected

Thank god he's cracking down on steroids
Since he sold his old baseball team
There's lots of people looking at big trouble
But of course our president is clean.

Thank God


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Subject: Lyr Add: LITTLE GEORGIE'S TALE (Steve Suffet)
From: Suffet
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 11:30 PM

This predates the Iraq War, but what the heck!

LITTLE GEORGIE'S TALE
Music: The Fox (traditional)
New words by Steve Suffet © 2001

Little Georgie went out on a binge one night,
Had a few drinks that left him tight,
Had some powder, snowy white,
And they hauled him off to jail-o!
Jail-o, jail-o!
Had some powder, snowy white,
And they hauled him off to jail-o!

They gave Little Georgie his one phone call,
Phone started ringing on his Daddy's wall.
"Daddy, better come down to the hall,
And get me out of this jail-o!
Jail-o, jail-o!
Daddy, better come down to the hall,
And get me out of this jail-o!"

Daddy came down without any fail,
Got Little Georgie out of jail,
Daddy paid Little Georgie's bail,
And then went skiing in Vail-o!
Vail-o, Vail-o!
Daddy paid Little Georgie's bail,
And then went skiing in Vail-o!

The rest of the story you now shall hear,
The rest of the story is very queer,
The records they all disappear,
And that's the end of my tale-o!
Tale-o, tale-o!
The records they all disappear,
And that's the end of my tale-o!

The moral of the story is this, I think:
Take that snort and have that drink,
If Daddy can get you out of the clink,
And send you off to Yale-o!
Yale-o, Yale-o!
If Daddy can get you out of the clink,
And send you off to Yale-o!


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: bankley
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 08:59 AM

"Rich Man's War"..... Steve Earle


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Banjiman
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 09:08 AM

Daddy's Real Proud on YouTube

More of an anti-bush song but manages to have a rant about the war as well.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Genie
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 09:57 AM

Last night, listening to 620 AM KPOJ, a progressive talk radio station in Portland, OR,
I heard just enough of an anti-war - specifically about the Iraq war, I think - to catch the hook line, which was:
"... so many soldiers dying to come home"
or something about a "soldier dying to come home."

I tried googling that line but found nothing. Anyone recognize the line?

I think it was being used as bumper music on the Mike Malloy talk show.


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Subject: War Protest songs: Lives In The Balance/J Browne
From: Genie
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 10:04 AM

As was mentioned in the Lives In The Balance (Jackson Browne) thread, that excellent song, which was written in response to an earlier war, is pointedly and poignantly relevant to the Iraq war and the Bush administration.

Check that earlier thread for the lyrics plus links to audio and video of Jackson Browne singing the song.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Genie
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 10:34 AM

Click to see a video of "Lives In The Balance" live in session w Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Graham Nash & David Lindley.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Genie
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 10:52 AM

Lots of complaints about Bush's Iraq "war" in Tony Stampley's "I'm Takin' My Country Back", although the song protests more about Dubya's administration than just his foreign policy.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Janice in NJ
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 11:56 AM

Anti-War Songs website


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: GUEST,Joseph de Culver City
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 12:55 PM

Some may be familiar with the San Diego based singer Cindy Lee Berryhill. She has organized anti-war sings in the southern California area in conjunction with a foundation sponsored by Neil Young. Her song 'When Did Jesus Become a Republican?', is worth a listen.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: GUEST,Chris W.
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 11:57 AM

Iraq war protest songs

"Bring Them Home" by Bruce Springsteen, orginally by Pete Seeger. Not on "The Seeger Sessions" CD, but sung live at every Springsteen concert.

"Declaration of War" by Ethan Miller and Kate Boverman.

Almost anything by David Rovics.

Almost anything by Sue Jeffers.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: closet-folkie
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 02:39 PM

Road To Ruin


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 03:26 PM

John Wort Hannam's song "Infantryman."


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Subject: Lyr Add: DAD'S GONNA KILL ME (Richard Thompson)
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unplugged Apprentice
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 04:07 PM

DAD'S GONNA KILL ME
(Richard Thompson)

Out in the desert there's a soldier lying dead
Vultures pecking the eyes out of his head
Another day that could have been me there instead
Nobody loves me here
Nobody loves me here

Dad's Gonna Kill Me
Dad's Gonna Kill Me

You hit the booby trap and you're in pieces
With every bullet your risk increases
Old Ali Baba, he's a different species
Nobody loves me here
Nobody loves me here

Dad's Gonna Kill Me
Dad's Gonna Kill Me

I'm dead meat in my HumV Frankenstein
I hit the road block, God knows I never hit the mine
The dice rolled and I got lucky this time

Dad's Gonna Kill Me
Dad's Gonna Kill Me

I've got a wife, a kid, another on the way
I might get home if I can live through today
Before I came out here I never used to pray
Nobody loves me here
Nobody loves me here

Dad's Gonna Kill Me

Dad's in a bad mood, Dad's got the blues
It's someone else's mess that I didn't choose
At least we're winning on the Fox Evening News
Nobody loves me here

Dad's Gonna Kill Me
Dad's Gonna Kill Me

Dawn Patrol went out and didn't come back
Hug the wire and pray like I told you, Mac
Or they'll be shovelling bits of you into a sack

Dad's Gonna Kill Me.

And who's that stranger walking in my dreams
And whose that stranger cast a shadow 'cross my heart
And who's that stranger, I dare speak his name
Must be old Death a-walking
Must be old Death a-walking

Dad's Gonna Kill Me

7 muzzle monkeys standing in a row
Standing waiting for The Sandbox to blow
Sitting targets in the wild west show

Nobody loves me here

Dad's Gonna Kill Me

Another angel got his wings this week
Charbroiled with his own Willie Pete
Nobody's dying if you speak double-speak

Dad's Gonna Kill Me

Charlotte (the view from Ma and Pa's piano stool)


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 04:22 PM

Recently in an interview on WNYC in NYC the interviewee (name eludes me now) made the comment that there are really not any good protest writers today---save for, perhaps, Steve Earle. Seems to me there are a lot of damned good ones out there ---the above proves it and also shows that the old masters (Paxton) are also still at it. In addition, sadly, some pieces by deceased writers (Ochs) --and even older ones from living writers are still valid.

I guess the interviewee does not listen to the stations on the left side of the dial of most radios (and in the center in NYC).

My addition to this list is a piece I have ----among others listed above--- played on my radio program (Traditions)--ROY ZIMMERMAN--THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 04:24 PM

Looks like I clicked "submit" by mistake and forgot to sign the note

Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: bankley
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 04:50 PM

you're right Bill, there are many good ones..... most aren't recognizable names but keep at it anyway.... someone like Jim Page comes to mind... also I've mentioned the Justice Through Music Project several times because they have an interesting blend of styles and are open to posting work from unknown people as well as the 'names'... the more of this the better because the mainstream is something else... or maybe not that much at all....

www.jtmp.org


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: topical tom
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 05:50 PM

Garnet Rogers sings Junior


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Suffet
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 06:13 PM

Greetings:

If you want to hear plenty of good progressive topical-political music, then please attend the semi-annual gatherings of the People's Music Network. The 2008 Winter Gathering just took place in Boston and Brookline, MA, in January. The 2008 Summer Gathering will take place the weekend of June 6-8 at the Epworth Center in High Falls, NY.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unplugged Apprentice
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 06:32 PM

pay royalties?

unfortunately it's never going to happen

Charlotte (the view from Ma and Pa's piano stool)


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: GUEST,Mike B.
Date: 27 Mar 08 - 01:42 AM

"The Final Straw" by R.E.M.

"That's The News" by Merle Haggard (who wrote pro-Vietnam war songs like "The Fightin' Side of Me" back in that era)

"Homeland Security" by Tom Paxton - more about civil liberties infringements here at home than the Iraq war, but contains the following verse:

We've looked all over Baghdad,
We've looked all over Iraq,
For some kind of terrible weapons
Just right for a sneak attack.
We've turned the whole place upside down,
We've done all we can do.
Now the Army, the Navy and old Tom Ridge
Have decided to pick on you.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: topical tom
Date: 29 Mar 08 - 05:02 PM

John Prine's song expresses it well: Some People Ain't Human


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Subject: Lyr Add: GUANTANAMO BAY (Barry Finn)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Mar 08 - 05:48 PM

Here's my take in song.


GUANTANAMO BAY
(words & tune by Barry Finn 2/24/06)

Guantanamo Bay, hey, I'm on my way.
I won't be coming back from there, not in many's a day.
Guantanamo Bay, am I here to stay?

CHORUS: Where the sun shines hard on the dogs in the yard
An' I'm here to say there's no place in the world like Guantanamo Bay

Let's all get naked, in Guantanamo Bay
Lie in the sand; put our tush in a Bush, where the nights are gay
Let's all get cute with the girls in the suits

It's hard to believe, that I made here
I'm a lazy do nothing, no good to no one, without a care
My luck's so fine, who could be so kind, to land me here in a spa so far from grit & the grime

I'm getting island fever, I can't handle the truth
I'm getting buggered all day, can't get from the 'Git', I'm so young I'm a youth
Where the akee & rice, & salt fish is nice

I'm dying here, I live in fear
I don't think I've done wrong, I just wrote me a song of a place so queer
This ain't what I thought, this ain't what I bought

I must be mad, I think I've just been had
I'm told I've got to go, that I don't know what they thought I knowed, it's bad
I've been MIA'd, by the CIA, I've been christen, I've been crossed, I've been kicked I've been tossed

To where the sun shines hard on the dogs in the yard
An I'm here to say there's no place in the world like Guantanamo Bay

Barry


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: GUEST,cStu
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 07:42 AM

writetn after reading Wildfire Jo's Blog for three days

Torture

I'm just distracted by the
glint of light refracted
through your smile
your smile is brighter
than the first ray of sun
cutting through the night

I want to shout I want to sing
I want to jump up and hug you but what for

We go to war

And while the bombs are falling
listen to the children calling
and you're feeling small inside
got no place to hide
almost got no name
got no pride got no shame
got no deity to blame

down on your knees
with your heart disease
bringing you to the front
you're just a little blunt
instrument of torture
who's gonna teach your daughter
where to go for water
'cause she's dry from cryin

She sent a message saying
there is hope you're praying
to your God of light and love
reaching out to everyone
bringing Heaven from above

I want to laugh I want to cry
I want to try and tell you why, but what for

We Got To War


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: GUEST,DaveP
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 08:11 AM

Go here http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/lombardy/hamishcurrie/clips.htm
and listen to 'Drops of Water'.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: bobad
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 08:51 AM

Bruce Murdoch "The Other Voice"


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 09:50 AM

Bobad , where's he been hiding that one ? Just listened for the 1st time...really good...... and the thing is, it won't soon be dated, the way things are going... ("Hitler has just changed his name")
thanx for that one BM


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: GUEST,bankley
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 09:51 AM

that was me ...above


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: topical tom
Date: 08 Sep 08 - 11:51 AM

Although this is not about the Iraq war per se, I think it holds up to the criteria of "protest songs": "When a Soldier Makes it Home" by Arlo Guthrie


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Subject: Lyr Add: TEXACO FUSILEERS
From: GUEST,Suffolk Miracle
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 04:36 AM

From the FIRST Iraq war rather than the second. The terrifying thing is how few words would have to be changed to update it!
Tune: McAlpine's Fusileers

Out on the sand we soldiers stand and await the call to fight;
Whilst above, the hum of the GR1 can be heard by day and night.
You may wonder why 'neath a foreign sky we risk our lives out here.
But you'll know who to blame when you hear out name – we're the Texaco Fusileers.

Major and Bush say without a blush we're the price they have to pay;
And the Sun and the Star from miles afar say they're with us all the way.
But those who said that are safe in bed when the missiles whistle round our ears.
And the ones on high aren't the ones who die – it's the Texaco Fusileers.

And if we fall at our country's call and the hope and the glory fail
Don't tell our wives we gave our lives for justice to prevail;
But on our bones just pile up stones and carve on them for future years:
'On a foreign soil we died for oil. We're the Texaco Fusileers.'


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Subject: Lyr Add: NO BLOOD FOR OIL (Mark Ross)
From: Mark Ross
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 09:43 AM

I wrote this 7 years ago. The tune is an old foc'sle shanty Utah Phillips used for his song TROOPERS LAMENT. He told me he learned the tune from Louis Killen. If somebody out there can tell me the name of the shanty I'd be much obliged.
Mark Ross

NO BLOOD FOR OIL
Words, Mark Ross. Tune, Troopers' Lament.

There's a man down in Washington who wants to start a war,
Wants to kill a hundred thousand like his daddy did before,
Send handsome sons and pretty daughters off to die on foreign soil,
He doesn't listen when we tell him that we won't trade blood for oil.

In the Middle East they're saying that there's oil beneath the sand,
Are a thousand dirty barrels worth the life of one young man?
Let the honest soul come forward who will now stand up and say,
That these actions they are justified, it is worth the price we'll pay.

When the Gulf War ended just a dozen years ago,
We forgot the old injunction, "You shall reap just what you sow."
Now there comes a generation who we've taught that might is right,
Is it any wonder that we're the ones they want to fight.

There are half a million children dead because we went to war,
And if the battle starts again there will be a million more,
The sound of grieving parents should make us feel ashamed,
Of all the things that we have done, and all in Freedom's name.

Back here in this country we're consumed by all our fears,
We are giving up the freedoms that we've had for all these years,
We turn neighbor against neighbor, turn our children into spies,
Our friends become our enemies, and it all is based on lies.

Can you hear the sound of people marching all across the world,
Half a hundred million with their flags of peace unfurled,
From the dampened streets of Portland to Madrid in sunny Spain,
Voices swelling up in protest, "We shall never kill again."


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: sharyn
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 12:13 AM

I've got one posted on the Mudcat somewhere. It's called "The Old Hollow Drum" It's also been published in the San Francisco Folk Music Club's newsletter, the folknik.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 08:13 PM

Mark-

I'm not sure what forebitter tune you're thinking of.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: bobad
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 10:24 PM

"Bobad , where's he been hiding that one ?"

Ron, sorry, didn't mean to ignore your question I lost track of the thread. Bruce wrote it two years ago, I've had a copy since but just recently discovered it had been posted to this site "ezfolk" when someone here at Mudcat linked to it.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Jayto
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 11:49 AM

Steve Earle has several on his newer CDs.


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Stringsinger
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 12:04 PM

Before hearing Billy Bragg, I wrote this one last year.


1. You talk about democracy and freedom's on the way,
But you don't tell 'bout the kids that are dyin' every day.

CHORUS: You're messin' with us, Bushtail, and you don't mean a word you say.
You know chickens come home to roost and every dirty dog will have his day.

2. You can hear it on the street; you can hear it in the blues.
You can hear it almost everywhere except the evenin' news. CHORUS

3. You preach to us in the mornin' and lie to us at night.
You feed us propaganda just to try to make us fight.

2ND CHORUS: You're messin' with us, Bushtail, and you don't mean a word you say.
We put up with you for too long now while Iraqis are dyin' every day.

4. You talk about democracy, freedom and the flag.
You think you got us by the balls with the election in the bag.

3RD CHORUS: You're messin' with us, Bushtail, and you don't mean a word you say.
You've been lyin' for a long time but sometime you'll have your judgement day

5. You talk 'bout freedom while folks are dyin' every day.
You're preachin' 'bout that freedom while you steal it all away.

4TH CHORUS: You're messin' with us, Bushtail, and you don't mean a word you say.
You know chickens come home to roost and every dirty dog will have his day.

6. You try the same ol' shell game with the dictator flim-flam
You substitute a puppet for the other one, Saddam. CHORUS
,
7. We thought we had a shot at the Great American Dream
But you gotta' be a rich man to ... play ball on that team. CHORUS

8. Your rakin' in the money while you let the worker go.
That's why a hundred black men are sittin' on death row. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: Stringsinger
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 12:06 PM

Bushtail was W's nickname at Yale.,


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Subject: RE: Iraq War Protest songs
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 12:56 AM

An old (ex-pop) song with a powerful anti-war message in the last verse is "Billy, Don't be a Hero".


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