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Billy Joel doesn't sing on his anti-war song
cnn.com ^ | Dec 7, 2007 | AP

Posted on 12/07/2007 10:09:27 AM PST by RDTF

NEW YORK (AP) -- Billy Joel has released a new pop single, the anti-war "Christmas in Fallujah." Just don't expect to hear his voice on it.

Billy Joel gave his newest song, "Christmas in Fallujah," to 21-year-old Cass Dillon.

At 58, Joel felt he was too old to sing the song, which was inspired by letters the Piano Man received from soldiers in Iraq. So he gave it to Cass Dillon, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Long Island.

"I thought it should be somebody young, about a soldier's age," Joel said in a statement on his Web site. "I wanted to help somebody else's career. I've had plenty of hits. I've had plenty of airplay. I've had my time in the sun. I think it's time for somebody else, maybe, to benefit from my own experience."

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"Christmas in Fallujah" went on sale Tuesday on Apple Inc.'s iTunes. Net proceeds will be donated to Homes for Our Troops, which builds homes for severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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1 posted on 12/07/2007 10:09:28 AM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

Fallujah?

Billy Joel, put down the pipe, it’s not 2003 anymore.


2 posted on 12/07/2007 10:11:30 AM PST by jdm
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To: RDTF

Few things in life are more pathetic than an aging former pop-star still seeking relevance.


3 posted on 12/07/2007 10:13:08 AM PST by Antoninus (Republicans who support Rudy owe Bill Clinton an apology.)
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To: RDTF
Well, he might be antiwar, but at least he puts his pocketbook where his mouth is.

I can respectfully disagree with someone like him.

4 posted on 12/07/2007 10:13:11 AM PST by Red6 (Come and take it.)
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To: RDTF
which was inspired by letters the Piano Man received from soldiers in Iraq.

Are there really a lot of soldiers who take the time to write letters to Billy Joel? Why do any?!

"Christmas in Fallujah" went on sale Tuesday on Apple Inc.'s iTunes. Net proceeds will be donated to Homes for Our Troops, which builds homes for severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Well that’s nice. Hope the song doesn’t suck too bad. It’s been a LONG while since Billy wrote anything worth hearing.

5 posted on 12/07/2007 10:14:20 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Red6

I would suspect the song is no more “anti-war” than “Goodnight, Saigon.”


6 posted on 12/07/2007 10:14:51 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Red6

I wonder if the song is really ‘anti-war’, or if that is how CNN is spinning it. I do remember that he made Michelle Malkin’s list of celebrities that support the troops.


7 posted on 12/07/2007 10:16:37 AM PST by RDTF (Remember Pearl Harbor)
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To: RDTF

I saw the video on VH1 the other day: Dear Mr. President by Pink.

I haven’t sworn that much in a long time.

She’s singing at a concert, with a slideshow behind her.

At first it looked like Natalie Maines, but it was Pink in a headscarf.

Major projectile vomiting alert if you run across this insipid video.


8 posted on 12/07/2007 10:18:07 AM PST by exit82 (How do you handle Hillary? You Huma her.)
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To: RDTF
Maybe him and Barry Manilow can go on a world tour in order to fight the dangerous disease, lack of sleep.
9 posted on 12/07/2007 10:19:30 AM PST by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: weegee

I thought Joel Billy was dead?!


10 posted on 12/07/2007 10:19:32 AM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: dfwgator; dead

Here’s the video for it (has the lyrics on the screen, while it’s playing):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an7v6I2Bruo

It’s very far left wacko lyrics, if you ask me.


11 posted on 12/07/2007 10:20:20 AM PST by jdm
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To: RDTF
Just don't expect to hear his voice on it.

That would improve any song!

12 posted on 12/07/2007 10:21:09 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Scrape the bottom, vote for Rodham!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Just his career. I think he and Elton John are running a bridal shop in queens.


13 posted on 12/07/2007 10:21:12 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: Revolting cat!

No, Bob Barker is dead.


14 posted on 12/07/2007 10:21:15 AM PST by jdm
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To: tobyhill
Maybe him and Barry Manilow

Ahem, they are the same person!

15 posted on 12/07/2007 10:21:53 AM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: jdm

Dead to CBS.


16 posted on 12/07/2007 10:21:57 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

http://www.lyricscafe.com/hits/song.php?grid=1&id=1015542

Christmas In Fallujah - Cass Dillon

It’s evening in the desert
I’m tired and I’m cold
But I am just a soldier
I do what I am told
We came with the crusaders
To save the Holy Land

It’s Christmas in Fallujah
And no one gives a damn

And I just got your letter
And this what I read
You said I’m fading from your memory
So I’m just as good as dead
We are the Armies of the Empire
We are the Legionnaries of Rome

It’s Christmas in Fallujah
And we aien’t never coming home

We came to bring these people Freedom
We came to fight the Infidel
There is no justice in the desrt
Because there is no Good in Hell

They say Osama’s in the Mountains
Deep in a cave near Pakistan
But there’s a sea of blood in Baghdad
A sea of oil in the sand
Between the Tigris and Euphrates
Another day comes to an end

It’s Christmas In Fallujah
Peace on Earth Goodwill to Men
It’s Christmas In Fallujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
It’s Christmas In Fallujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
It’s Christmas In Fallujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
It’s Christmas In Fallujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Merry Crhistmas from Fallujah
Merry Crhistmas from Fallujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
OO-RA!


17 posted on 12/07/2007 10:22:52 AM PST by RDTF (Remember Pearl Harbor)
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To: RDTF

Here’s the song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an7v6I2Bruo

Typical Billy Joel arrangement. Sounds like its from “the Nylon Curtain” era.


18 posted on 12/07/2007 10:23:02 AM PST by hoppity
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To: jdm

“Christmas In Fallujah”
Words & Music By Billy Joel
Preformed By Cass Dillon
2007

It’s Evening In the Desert
I’m Tired and I’m cold
But I’m just a solder
I do what I am told

We Came with the Crusaders
to save the holy land
It’s Christmas In Fallujah
and no one gives a damn

And I just got your letter
And this is what I read you said

I’m fading from your memory
so I’m just as good as dead

We are the armies of the empire
We are the legionnaires of Rome

It’s Christmas In Fallujah
and we ain’t never coming home

We came to bring these people freedom
we came to fight the infidel

there is no justice in the desert
Because there is no god in hell

They say osama’s in the mountains
deep in a cave near Pakistan

But there’s a sea of blood in Baghdad
A sea of oil in the sand

Between the Tigris and Euphrates
another day comes to an end

it’s Christmas In Fallujah
Peace on earth goodwill to men

it’s Christmas In Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

it’s Christmas In Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

it’s Christmas In Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

it’s Christmas In Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

Merry Christmas from Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

Merry Christmas from Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

hallelujah hallelujah
Hoorah!
_________________
Who was wrong who was right?
When It’s Christmas in Fallujah


19 posted on 12/07/2007 10:23:05 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: RDTF
At 58, Joel felt he was too old to sing the song, which was inspired by letters the Piano Man received from soldiers in Iraq.

Does anybody believe that Billy Joel is receiving letters from our soldiers in Iraq?

20 posted on 12/07/2007 10:23:18 AM PST by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: dead
Well that’s nice. Hope the song doesn’t suck too bad. It’s been a LONG while since Billy wrote anything worth hearing.

Eeeeeeeewwwww! Billy Joel? I can't stand his music. And it's not a generational thing, I'm about his age, I think.

21 posted on 12/07/2007 10:23:39 AM PST by FrdmLvr
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To: pgkdan

Now he might be.


22 posted on 12/07/2007 10:24:39 AM PST by jdm
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To: RDTF
Compare this POS to Letters from Home that John Michael Montgomery sang a year or so ago (I forgot who wrote it.)
23 posted on 12/07/2007 10:24:47 AM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: RDTF
If my memory is not failing me, he use to give free concerts to troops overseas.

The point is simple- some like Michael Moore lie about the troops. The say they care between their attacks on troops portraying them as blood thirsty, stupid, and abusive. With all their caring, little to nothing goes to those they so care about. The Iraq war for Michael Moore is nothing more than a stage where he can get some good “shock” footage to use in a controversial low budget film that will make milions.

Billy Joel is different. Even if he’s anti-war, he’s not attacking the soldier and he’s putting his money where his mouth is. So, while BJ might be misguided in his views, he’s not a bottom feeding low life slob like a Michael Moore.

24 posted on 12/07/2007 10:25:26 AM PST by Red6 (Come and take it.)
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To: FrdmLvr
And it's not a generational thing, I'm about his age, I think.

90?

25 posted on 12/07/2007 10:25:35 AM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: jdm

these look a bit different:

http://www.joelfan.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=73766&sid=f836d71c62c972f1bfd2bde6c8daf2c1

Christmas In Fallujah”
Words & Music By Billy Joel
Preformed By Cass Dillon
2007

It’s Evening In the Desert
I’m Tired and I’m cold
But I’m just a solder
I do what I am told

We Came with the Crusaders
to save the holy land
It’s Christmas In Fallujah
and no one gives a damn

And I just got your letter
And this is what I read you said

I’m fading from your memory
so I’m just as good as dead

We are the armies of the empire
We are the legionnaires of Rome

It’s Christmas In Fallujah
and we ain’t never coming home

We came to bring these people freedom
we came to fight the infidel

there is no justice in the desert
Because there is no god in hell

They say osama’s in the mountains
deep in a cave near Pakistan

But there’s a sea of blood in Baghdad
A sea of oil in the sand

Between the Tigris and Euphrates
another day comes to an end

it’s Christmas In Fallujah
Peace on earth goodwill to men

it’s Christmas In Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

it’s Christmas In Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

it’s Christmas In Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

it’s Christmas In Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

Merry Christmas from Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

Merry Christmas from Fallujah
hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

hallelujah hallelujah
(hoorah)

hallelujah hallelujah
Hoorah!


26 posted on 12/07/2007 10:25:37 AM PST by RDTF (Remember Pearl Harbor)
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To: RDTF

Whatever it is, it sucks! :)


27 posted on 12/07/2007 10:27:01 AM PST by jdm
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To: RDTF

I’m fading from your memory
so I’m just as good as dead

Yes he is right about that!


28 posted on 12/07/2007 10:29:50 AM PST by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: jdm

Cass Dillon should be carrying an assult rifle instead of a guitar .


29 posted on 12/07/2007 10:30:26 AM PST by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: Antoninus

Wait, didn’t Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen end the war already? (Billy Joel never was an innovator.)


30 posted on 12/07/2007 10:31:54 AM PST by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: pgkdan

98% of the soldiers in Iraq don’t know who Billy Joel is . He hasn’t had a big hit in at least 20 years .


31 posted on 12/07/2007 10:32:01 AM PST by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: hoppity
Typical Billy Joel arrangement. Sounds like its from “the Nylon Curtain” era.

I didn't here the whole song since I had to stop at "we came with the crusaders" line, but the cord arrangement sounded exactly like the end of an old YES song to me- just can't remember which one.
32 posted on 12/07/2007 10:32:54 AM PST by WackySam
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To: RDTF
Billy Joel Must of written this song in rehab while in a manic episode and withdrawing from drugs or alcohol.

He probably doesn't want to sing it because he was mentally incapacitated when he wrote it.

My Guess

33 posted on 12/07/2007 10:32:55 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: dead
Are there really a lot of soldiers who take the time to write letters to Billy Joel? Why do any?!
Excellent question. Given the age gap, I wonder if "a lot" of soldiers have even heard of him, let alone written letters.
34 posted on 12/07/2007 10:35:42 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: RDTF
I've said it before, I'll say it again:

Billy Joel has never made a single song that didn't make me want to snap off the radio as soon as I heard the first opening notes.

Same thing with Springsteen with the exception of maybe one tune. You gotta be an east coast Vinnie to like either performer. I think they both suck.

35 posted on 12/07/2007 10:37:02 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: april15Bendovr

More noise from the toad-faced drunk.

Always hated his “music”.................


36 posted on 12/07/2007 10:37:48 AM PST by CletusVanDamme ((and any other aliases..be hung by the neck until dead. May the Lord have mercy on his soul: PROCEED)
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To: RDTF
If Billy Joel is writing anti-war songs, as this article suggests, then why has he donated one of his songs to appear on the pro-troops/pro-armed forces "CD For The Troops" compilation CD that just went on sale at AAFES? It is on the front page of the AAFES website. In fact, on the CD's official website, Bill Joel is the first artist listed. Go to CDfortheTroops.com

200,000 copies of the CD are being donated to the troops. Sponsors include AAFES, Sony, TriWest, and America Supports You.

Note that Billy Joel does not mention "CD for the Troops on his official website. Nor do the lyrics of the song Christmas in Fallujah appear on his own site, despite the site having an alphabetic listing of nearly every song he's written and sung along with their lyrics.

The Billy Joel song that appears on the album is "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant." You can see a full song listing here on the Tri-West/Tri-Care website. Tri-West/Tri-Care is the primary health care provider for military service and family members as well as retirees.

The CD is also featured on the America Supports You website. This website and effort is a program of the Department of Defense to support the troops.

Here's the Billy Joel - Christmas in Fallujah lyrics as I found elsewhere on the internet:

Christmas In Fallujah - Cass Dillon

It's evening in the desert 
I'm tired and I'm cold 
But I am just a soldier 
I do what I am told 
We came with the crusaders 
To save the Holy Land 

It's Christmas in Fallujah 
And no one gives a damn 

And I just got your letter 
And this what I read 
You said I'm fading from your memory 
So I'm just as good as dead 
We are the Armies of the Empire 
We are the Legionnaries of Rome 

It's Christmas in Fallujah 
And we aien't never coming home 

We came to bring these people Freedom 
We came to fight the Infidel 
There is no justice in the desrt 
Because there is no Good in Hell 
(/div)(div style='float: right;') 
They say Osama's in the Mountains 
Deep in a cave near Pakistan 
But there's a sea of blood in Baghdad 
A sea of oil in the sand 
Between the Tigris and Euphrates 
Another day comes to an end 

It's Christmas In Fallujah 
Peace on Earth Goodwill to Men 
It's Christmas In Fallujah 
Hallelujah, Hallelujah 
It's Christmas In Fallujah 
Hallelujah, Hallelujah 
It's Christmas In Fallujah 
Hallelujah, Hallelujah 
It's Christmas In Fallujah 
Hallelujah, Hallelujah 
Merry Crhistmas from Fallujah 
Merry Crhistmas from Fallujah 
Hallelujah, Hallelujah 
OO-RA!

37 posted on 12/07/2007 10:37:59 AM PST by Spiff ("Mike Huckabee raised more taxes in 10 years in office than Bill Clinton did in his 12 years.")
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To: RDTF

Billy, leave the seatbelt off the next time you drive drunk.


38 posted on 12/07/2007 10:40:01 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: RDTF
It’s Christmas In Fallujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
It’s Christmas In Fallujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
It’s Christmas In Fallujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
It’s Christmas In Fallujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Merry Crhistmas from Fallujah
Merry Crhistmas from Fallujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
OO-RA!


Sounds like he ran out of things to say before the song was over.
39 posted on 12/07/2007 10:41:01 AM PST by Sopater (A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left. ~ Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: RDTF
If I could play the piano half as good as Billy Joel, I'd be this guy.


40 posted on 12/07/2007 10:44:24 AM PST by Sopater (A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left. ~ Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: RDTF
We Came with the Crusaders
to save the holy land
:::
I’m fading from your memory
so I’m just as good as dead
:::
We are the armies of the empire
We are the legionnaires of Rome
:::
It’s Christmas In Fallujah
and we ain’t never coming home

Are you sure this wasn't written by Billy bin Laden?

41 posted on 12/07/2007 10:46:14 AM PST by Dr._Joseph_Warren
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To: RDTF

The lyrics are just mindless drivel. Buzz words from the lamesteam media thrown into the blender, and voila! A song.


42 posted on 12/07/2007 10:47:49 AM PST by Cecily
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To: Tijeras_Slim

If I were to release a pop single which does not include my singing, it should go gold. hmmmm...


43 posted on 12/07/2007 10:48:15 AM PST by MARTIAL MONK
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To: Red6

ditto


44 posted on 12/07/2007 10:48:31 AM PST by mpackard (Proud mama of a Sailor.)
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To: dead

“Hey Dillon, which musician ya gonna write to?”
“I’m thinkin Billy Joel”
“Who?”


45 posted on 12/07/2007 10:49:58 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

It doesn’t come across to me as being extremely leftist. Much of the sentiment is that of a soldier saying don’t forget us over here going through hell and don’t stop supporting us in the fight for freedom, otherwise we will become as irrelevant as the armies and empires of history.


46 posted on 12/07/2007 10:50:04 AM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Sopater

cute Min Pin!


47 posted on 12/07/2007 10:50:43 AM PST by RDTF (Remember Pearl Harbor)
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To: Revolting cat!

Good one!


48 posted on 12/07/2007 10:51:38 AM PST by FrdmLvr
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To: RDTF

I doubt it will be better than “Goodnight Saigon”. I love that song.


49 posted on 12/07/2007 10:52:07 AM PST by SoldierMedic (Rowan Walter, 23 Feb 2007 Ramadi)
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To: RDTF
Merry Crhistmas from Fallujah

Hey! Finally, a new song coming out of liberal culture where someone's willing to utter the word "Christmas."

Why not "Happy Holidays from Fallujah"? I guess treason takes first priority over PC language. Must have been a dilemma, though.

50 posted on 12/07/2007 10:56:40 AM PST by SamuraiScot
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