Sunday, February 04, 2007

New Anti-War Song by Richard Thompson



'Dad's Gonna Kill Me
['Dad," Thompson explains to audiences, is grunt-speak for "Baghdad," much as " 'Nam" once meant "Vietnam." The new song will be released on Thompson's next CD, Sweet Warrior, due in May. -Slate]

It's a great tune. These are some of the lyrics as best as I can hear them:


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 got a wife, a kid, another on the way
I might get back 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
Nobody loves me here
'Dad's gonna kill me

................

Who's that stranger walking in my dreams?
Who's that stranger who's cast a shadow 'cross my heart?
Who's that stranger do I dare speak his name?
Must be old death a'walkin'
Must be old death a'walkin'

'Dad's gonna kill me
'Dad's gonna kill me

A set of muzzle monkeys standing in a row
Standing waiting for that sandbox to blow
Sitting targets in the wild west show
Nobody loves me here
Nobody loves me here

'Dad's gonna kill me...

.........

- From a new anti-Iraq war song by Richard Thompson
Beeswing Music

Note: Go to this NPR site to hear a live version of Shenandoah by RT, one of my favorites.

And my ultimate favorite by RT is Beeswing.