Shuck and Jive

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas in Fallujah

Billy Joel recorded a song for the troops. This is from CBS News:

It's called "Christmas in Fallujah," and is sung by 21-year-old newcomer Cass Dillion. It's a blunt and mostly bleak, song about the plight of U.S. troops in Iraq.

"We came with the crusaders to save the holy land. It's Christmas in Fallujah. And no one gives a damn," he sings.

Joel told CBS News anchor Katie Couric: "The events over there seem to have slipped from the headlines because of what's happening with the surge, but you know, what they conveyed to me was, "well tell that to the guys on the front lines. We're still there."

Joel says the song was inspired by letters he's gotten from soldiers overseas.

"I think a lot of people who where are … there feel detached from the home front, that people may not care or people have forgotten about them," he said.

Noticably absent are the two instruments the 58-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is most famous for - his piano and his voice.

"When I wrote this song, and I heard a 58 year-old man singing it, in my voice, I said, 'that doesn't sound right to me. I think it should be somebody of that age, the age of a soldier or a Marine,'" he said.

Hat tip to Tennessee Guerrilla Women

1 comment:

  1. If only George W Bush hadn't ditched his high school history classes