Cold Storage

04:12

Story

A song written two years into the Iraq War, inspired by a blog I read by an an Iraqi doctor who said the only good Americans brought to the hospitals of Iraq were cold storage for all the corpses. When this song was written, the death count of Iraqi civilians was not officially being counted. It is still difficult to find these statistics, but it is widely acknowledged by independent journalists that over 1 million Iraqi civilians have been killed in our name.


Lyrics

In a quaint town hall meeting
Staged by the President
Still AWOL From the Alabama National Guard
A middle-aged female patsy
Asked with all sincerity
Why the press focuses
Only on the negativity

Ooh yeah, the press is so negative yeah
Telling all the dirty truths, yeah
Nothin’ but the corporate truth, yeah Oh yeah

So the President told her
She should check the Internets
And I thought I’d try that too
Find the good despite the bad
And I found Iraqi bloggers
There on the Internets
Asked them what was the good news
Cuz the Prez said there was

Ooh yeah, all the bright shiny news, yeah
Newly liberated lands, yeah
Happy-go-lucky plans
To rebuild Whenever

Not their honor
Not clean water
Not democracy
Not their medicine
Not their doctors
Not their decency
So what have Americans brought us?
Just cold storage For the corpses
And what have Americans taught us?
Peace is War and War is Justice

Can’t you see that there’s no use
Nothing good can come of it
All the scandals and abuse
Committed daily in our names
Extensive lists of the War Crimes
Evil men with oil ties
Still you believe all their lies
Like that we should “stay the course”

Ooh yeah 7 out of ten Iraqi’s say LEAVE
70 percent of troops wanna LEAVE
So why does Hilary say STAY
And what do you say to…

Not their honor
Not clean water
Not Security
Not their medicine
Not their doctors
Not their decency
So what have Americans brought us?
Just cold storage for the corpses
And what have Americans taught us?
Peace is War and War is Justice

1600 soldiers and counting
1900 soldiers and counting
2300 soldiers and counting
2600 soldiers and counting and counting
14,000 wounded and counting
16,000 wounded and counting
18,000 wounded and counting
19,000 wounded and counting and counting
30, 000 civilians NOT counting
100,000 civilians NOT counting
150, 000 civilians and we are not counting, not counting WHY IS IT THAT WE'RE NOT COUNTING?