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To the tune of "Fixin' to Die Rag" (Words by Dave Lindorff, with apologies to Country Joe MacDonald)

Come on all you fine women and men
Uncle Sam needs your help again
Bush has put us in a big train wreck
Off in a place they call Iraq
So forget that job and pick up your gun
We’re gonna have a whole lot of fun.


And it’s one, two, three what are we fighting for?
Don’t ask me I don’t give a heck
Next stop is Iraq.
And it’s five, six, seven open up the pearly gates
Ain’t no time to wonder why. Whoopee! We’re all bound to die!

Come on generals, let’s move fast
Your big chance has come at last
The Cong licked your asses back in ’74
But now you can show those Arabs what for
And maybe even earn you a medal or three
While sitting at your desks in D.C.


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Come on Wall Street, here’s the deal:
Iraqi oil is yours to steal
American blood, Iraqis’ too,
Is being spilled now just for you.
And you can charge us as much as you dare
'Cause Bush and Cheney don’t care!


Come on mothers, don’t hold back
Send your sons off to Iraq
Come on fathers, don’t feel bad.
Your daughters too can go to Baghdad.
If they die there they come home free
And nobody has to see.


Bush and Cheney, you’ve done your best
You’ve made the Middle East into one big mess.
But that’s okay. You’ve got a plan:
To divert attention, just bomb Iran!
If people start talking impeachment, though
Just pack ‘em off to Guantanamo!



DAVE LINDORFF is co-author, with Barbara Olshansky, of "The Case for Impeachment" (St. Martin's Press, 2006, and now available in paperback, too). His work is available at www.thiscantbehappening.net. A Folksinger as well as a journalist, Lindorff will be speaking on impeachment on June 4 in Charleston, WVA. There will be a folk concert following the talk.


Dave Lindorff is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper www.thiscantbehappening.net. He is a columnist for Counterpunch, is author of several recent books ("This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the (more...)

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