Friday, August 10, 2012

Song: "Drone Reds, Whites, And Blues"

Yeah, yeah, I know that fighting terrorism is tough, but I still think that having little robot planes blow up people is creepy, especially when those flying the planes are thousands of miles away and don't really know whom they might be blowing up.  It's also creepy that the president of the USA thinks he can legally just kill American citizens or whomever else he wants to.  If you're interested in the politics, then check out these articles:  "The Rise Of The Killer Drones:  How America Goes To War In Secret", "Is There A Drone In Your Backyard?", and "Court Upholds Domestic Drone Use In Arrest Of American Citizen".  And I know the easy critical response to the song's chorus is "I hope they do", but there might soon come a time when drones patrol America and not just some third world country such as Afghanistan that we can push around  and even those critics will be singing like all those under the gaze of a drone that "I hope they don't bomb the shit out of me." The MP3 recording can be found here.  I play guitar and harmonica on it, just like Bob Dylan (though he'd do it better).  I also sing and smack a toy microphone into a folding chair for the bomb beat.  Really, this stuff is much more fun and cheaper than therapy.  The lyrics are below.  It's the same deal as always.  If you like a song, then feel free to cover it if you're in a band or whatnot.  I love to hear covers of my songs, so please let me know about your version.  If you start making money, then send me a check/we can work out a deal.  Similarly, if you want to use a song for your Youtube video or whatnot, then just let me know.  It's usually fine by me unless it's a commercial product or whatnot.  Find out first though.  Write me at wredfright ATATAT yahoo DOTT com.

There's a drone in the sky.
I wave just to say hi.
And it shoots a missile at me.
Wow!  How unfriendly!

Somehow the missile missed.
Now, I'm a little pissed.
Here's my tax dollars at work
In the hands of some jerk!

I hope they don't bomb the shit out of me.

The government must be quite insane.
A million dollars for a remote control plane?
They should have gone to Radio Shack.
We could have gotten some change back.

The president wears a fancy tie
As he decides who gets to live and who gets to die.
They act like they're playing a video game.
Push a button and kill and maim.

Whatever happened to the land of the free?
Now it's mechanical peeping Toms over every tree.
I just want to walk down the street
Without somebody else staring at my feet.

The president wears a little flag pin.
Doesn't he know what country he's in?
Well, apparently neither does the drone.
I wish they would all leave us alone.

Written May 2012
Recorded July 2012

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