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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, February 18, 2003
    Bragg at Greenbelt - the news is out
     
    Billy Bragg's email newsletter has just confirmed it - The Bard of Barking makes his first ever Greenbelt appearance on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25th. Not before time, because while his theology will be quite different, his heart beats close to Greenbelt's when it comes to issues of social concern, a heart for the outsider and the ordinary struggling folk. The chemistry of that gig should be fascinating. I'm welling up already.

    Meanwhile, The Price of Oil, Billy's protest against US and British plans to attack Iraq, is being downloaded at an amazing rate from his web site. Almost 15,000 downloads so far - and the song has been circulated widely on the internet. If you haven't done so already, grab the free mp3 (5.6MB) and pass it on.
      The Price Of Oil

      Voices on the radio
      tell us that weÕre going to war
      those brave men and women in uniform
      they want to know what theyÕre fighting for.

      The generals want to hear the end game
      the allies wonÕt approve the plan
      but the oil men in the white house
      they just donÕt give a damn.

      ItÕs all about the price of oil
      itÕs all about the price of oil
      donÕt give me no shit
      about blood, sweat, tears and toil
      itÕs all about the price of oil

      Now I ainÕt no fan of Saddam Hussein
      oh, please donÕt get me wrong
      if itÕs freeing the Iraqi people youÕre after
      then why have we waited so long.

      Why didnÕt we sort this out last time
      was he less evil than he is now
      the stock market holds the answer
      to why him, why here, why now.

      Saddam killed his own people
      just like general Pinochet
      and once upon a time both these evil men
      were supported by the U.S.A.

      And whisper it, even Bin Laden
      once drank from AmericaÕs cup
      just like that election down in Florida
      this shit doesnÕt all add up.

      ItÕs all about the price of oil
      Ôcause itÕs all about the price of oil
      donÕt give me no shit
      about blood, sweat, tears and toil
      itÕs all about the price of oil.
        Music and lyrics by Billy Bragg, 2002.
        Produced by Billy Bragg and Simon Edwards