Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Country Music Turns...

Since I'm enlightened I listen to country music and if the Economist is right that is a view directly into Middle America's soul. Therefore, there can be no doubt that the Iraq War is lost in the hearts and minds of Americans.

On the eve of the invasion of Iraq, Darryl Worley released - "Have you Forgotten?" with lyrics like:
I hear people saying we don't need this war
I say there's some things worth fighting for
What about our freedom and this piece of ground
We didn't get to keep 'em by backing down
Now they say we don't realize the mess we're getting in
Before you start your preaching let me ask you this my friend

Have you forgotten how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell
And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

Remember when the Dixie Chicks became overnight pariahs with their apology to a London, UK audience that President Bush was from Texas? Country stations stopped playing the Chicks and people were burning their CDs at public bonfires.

Well maybe they got the last laugh with their massive haul at the Grammy's last week, especially for 'Country Album of the Year', but it isn't just Grammy voters are totally disgusted with President Bush's folly in Iraq. Toby Keith, who famously promised to put a boot in our enemy's ass, is against the war. He wants a clear timetable for withdrawal.

But what really drove home the point that the Iraq War is no longer popular with anyone, Darryl Worley is back with a new song - "I Just Came Back From A War" and the chorus is this:
I said, "I just came back from a place where they hated me and everything I stand for; A land where our brothers are dying for others who don't even care any more.
If I'm not exactly the same good old boy that you ran around with before,
I just came back from a war."