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Friday, 15 June 2007

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The famed duo that brought so many wonderful songs to the first generation of antiwar activists in the sixties and seventies (known only as S&G) have reunited to update their old standard "I am Iraq."

Those of you old enough will recall the song was originally written to epitomize Saddam Hussein as the iron fisted ruler of Iraq who knew the pangs of power only the lonely can know.

In a twist on that old song, the authors have reversed their view and now sing the song through the eyes of soldiers serving in Iraq. The new lyrics to the old standard send a powerful message.

      I'm in Iraq

      An Iraqi day,
      We're driving through the embers.
      I am a soldier.
      Gazing through my cross-hairs, to the streets outside,
      I can't believe the numbers that have died.

      I'm in Iraq,
      I'm in a war zone.

      We've built armor,
      Vehicles strong and faulty,
      That bombs may penetrate.
      I haven't met a terrorist, terrorism's not to blame,
      They're lying and we're dying just the same.

      I'm in Iraq,
      I'm in a war zone.

      Don't talk of peace,
      We've all heard those words before.
      They're written on our gravestones,
      Trumpeting the lives of all who've come and tried--
      If they never came, they never would have died.

      I'm in Iraq,
      I'm in a war zone.

      We have our guns,
      And our armament to protect us.
      We're shielded in our Humvees.
      Shooting at a house, feeling like a louse.
      I've killed someone and now it's killing me.

      I'm in Iraq,
      I'm in a war zone.

      And the bodies pile up.
      And our families feel the pain.

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