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Song Parodies -> "City of Kabul"

Original Song Title:

"City of New Orleans"

Original Performer:

Steve Goodman

Parody Song Title:

"City of Kabul"

Parody Written by:

Richard Murphy

The Lyrics

Setting out to check Afghani progress,
Staged in Kabul, safest place to be;
Three senators and fifteen restless newsmen,
Two patrol squads and eighteen armed Humvee.

Starting up the tour de war,
The group heads out toward Kandahar,
Rolling past blown tankers and burnt fields.
Passing towns with no one there,
Shattered homes and markets bare,
And the danger of remaining IED's.

Good day, Afghanistan, how are you,
Has our blood and billions brought you peace?
We're your saviors, and we're here to free your country,
So until that's done the fight will never cease.

Making deals with crooked tribal rulers,
Paying them to burn the poppy crop.
Sending drones to kill Al Quaeda leaders,
Until they’ve all been found we will not stop.

And all the body bags sent back,
More crippled in each new attack,
And still our leaders say we must remain.
They issue claims of progress made,
With each “successful” bloody raid,
But fail to see there hasn't been much gain.


Nighttime in the hills outside of Kabul,
Taliban fighters moving through the black,
Setting IED's and planting landmines,
Moving slowly in the darkness readying their next attack.

And all the death and suff'ring seem
To fade into an endless dream.
And Washington still has no exit plan;
The fighting will go on for years,
Piling up the blood and tears,
And then we're off somewhere to do it all again.


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Patrick - October 17, 2011 - Report this comment
You don't show up often, but I look forward to every visit. Outstanding song! One critique: there seems to be plenty of space here for 1000 "I Put A Spell On You"'s. They won't begrudge you repeating the chorus. I try to imagine the original singer using your lyrics. When the words and the mood match as well as yours do, I can "hear" it my mind. Writing out the chorus each time simply makes the process easier and the reading or "listening" flows smoother. You make some excellent points about a war that seems to serve no other purpose than to consume money we can't afford and the lives and futures of good people who should be fulfilling the American dream, in America. A couple weeks ago I spoke with an Estonian officer who served in Afghanistan as part of NATO. He has the perspective on history most Americans are not taught in school. Afghanistan is not, and never has been a "nation" in the American or European sense. It is a geographical space occupied by feudal tribes engaged in constant feuds. The Brits learned this, the Russians learned this, the US government refuses to learn this.
Old Man Ribber - October 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Richard - Nicely done! As Afghanistan is situated between Baghdad and Pakistan, I guess you could say we find ourself caught between "Iraq and a hard place". Ditto on Patrick's observaton about the British and Imperial Russians/Soviets. I'm not familiar with the Steve Goodman version, but this also fits Arlo Guthrie's take quite well. ;D

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