Egyptian Revolution BluesJul 08
Some folk songs make history, and some folk songs put history in perspective while it’s happening. You be the judge.
In February 2011, I uploaded a brand-new satirical ditty about the goings-on in Cairo. It’s called “Egyptian Revolution Blues” – and it put a whimsical (if worried) spin on the question that’s on everyone’s mind these days: What’s next for the Middle East? In view of the recent victory of the Muslim Brotherhood down there, what can I say? Call me psychic!
Egyptian Revolution Blues went on to get 20,000 views, causing the Jerusalem Post to take notice and write a nice article about me. You can read it here.
EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION BLUES
Words and Music by Sandy Cash, 2011
When we rose up we knew what for
It was all civil rights and end to war
So when we saw them fill our screen
Their square, and all streets in between
The palace of that potentate and
His not-so-secret police state
We turned unto each other and said “Great.”
We said: “That’s great.”
Al-Jazeera, Skye and CNN
It’s like the thrill of Tiananmen
Footage that the whole world sees
Right from the Hotel Raamases
With huddled masses breathing free
While Mubarak twists in effigy…..A Star of David on his forehead
Well, never mind.
The opposition’s great brown hope
He has a dream, and he’s no dope
The moderate El Baraday
Was Head of the UN’s AEA
He inspected Tehran’s nuclear stacks
And told us all, hey dudes, relax!
Well maybe not the folks in Tel Aviv
Sure, oppression’s bad and freedom’s good
Tell that to the Muslim Brotherhood
Could be that we shall overcome
And see Egypt free for everyone
For unveiled women, gays as well
Full civil rights for infidels But now it pains me to relate
Chalk up one more for the caliphate.
Save the Snails http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mkWyqZCPuc
Banks of Freedom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TwWiOd5ALQ&feature=relmfu
Multiply Pierced http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKOgA50Rbek