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Thread #100032   Message #2008113
Posted By: Songster Bob
26-Mar-07 - 11:45 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: George W Told the Nation (Tom Paxton)
Subject: Lyr Add: TURN THE BOAT AROUND (Bob Clayton)
Speaking of new songs on old subjects, here's one of mine. I put this into a thread a while back, but it's not in the DT as such.

Turn the Boat Around
(to "Yellow Rose of Texas")

Our leader landed on the deck dressed in a soldier suit,
A banner stretching over him, he looked so doggone cute.
But San Diego could be seen, right there in the background,
So the order soon was given, "Turn the boat around!"


It's time to turn the boat around, that's what the people say.
The course our leader's setting is exactly the wrong way.
The compass reads "disaster," you've run us hard aground,
It's time to fire the skipper, and then turn the boat around.

He claimed that he'd found danger right there in white and black,
And the source of all that danger was in far-away Iraq.
Weapons, terror, poison gas, nuke-u-lar missiles, too,
All waiting, primed and ready just to use on me and you.

Repeat Chorus

So off we went, a-shooting, and soon had 'em on the run,
With bought-and-paid-for press along, to show us all the fun.
We never found the weapons, the poison gas and such,
And the folks whose land we shot to hell don't like us very much.

Repeat Chorus

Now, here at home, the policies are tilted toward the rich,
With big tax cuts and deficits, the grand old bait and switch.
He really loves the rich, and puts the dollars in their fist;
As for the poor, there's still the war, so they can just enlist!

Repeat Chorus

This is the "ship of state," not another "photo op,"
And when it gets to going, it's damn-all hard to stop.
But if we can turn a carrier to try to fool the press,
Then we can turn the country 'round, and get out of this mess.

Repeat Chorus

Copyright 2003 Bob Clayton