Richard Thompson’s anti Iraq war song from a US soldier’s viewpoint


Cheney, Halliburton, and US soldiers in the Iraq war, cartoon

From The Raw Story in the USA:

Legendary folk guitarist Richard Thompson records anti-war song from viewpoint of ‘grunt’

Ron Brynaert

Published: Sunday February 4, 2007

Legendary folk guitarist Richard Thompson recorded an anti-war song which is told from the viewpoint of a US soldier who fears being killed in Iraq.

The British musician, who formed the band Fairport Convention in 1967, is best known to music fans for the album Shoot Out the Lights, which he began recording in the early eighties with his folksinger wife, Linda Thompson, as they experienced marital problems. …

At the online news magazine Slate, Bonnie Goldstein reported on Thompson’s new anti-war song.

“Lately at concerts he’s been singing a song in protest against the Iraq war titled ‘Dad’s Gonna Kill Me,'” Goldstein writes.

“‘Dad,’ Thompson explains to audiences, is grunt-speak for ‘Baghdad,’ much as ”Nam’ once meant ‘Vietnam.'”

Goldstein printed some lyrics from Thompson’s song along with his “lyric cheat sheet.”

In the song, Thompson sings, “‘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; ‘Dad’s Gonna Kill Me.”

An mp3 of the song can be heard at Thompson’s website, and it will be on his next CD, “Sweet Warrior,” slated for release in May.

Vietnam-Iraq war comparison: here.

Oil and the Iraq war: here.

Fairport Convention: here. And here.

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