At this point, this is kind of an old song, but a fairly successful recent home recording.
I wrote most of the lyrics at the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991, and really only changed the third verse during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq–making it less specific to “Operation Desert Storm” and more generally about any war conducted in my name with my money, by any president. (No, it didn’t end with the inauguration of the 44th president–although I do have a song about him that I’ll post eventually.)
The original third verse began, “Desert Storm. Desert shame. Desert sham done in Exxon‘s name.” That was all I had to change.
In 2003 I recited the lyrics as a poem at an anti-war meeting held at City Hall in Takoma Park, MD, which was carried by local access cable TV. I got recognized (and complimented, thankfully) on the street several times over the next month.
And, no, I don’t consider myself an Anarchist. Got that, DHS?
Photo Credit: Vert et Noir (CC0 1.0)
UPDATE July 2009:
I found out yesterday that this song inspired a video that was on YouTube. The video is no longer available, and I never got to see it, but apparently the video-maker credited me. I’d love to see it, or find out more information.