andrew (delaselva) wrote in mentalrevnow,
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"this song will probably get me deported"

In publicity material for his new album, [alt-country pioneer steve] Earle explains his thoughts behind "John Walker's Blues," saying he wanted to look behind why Lindh left America in the first place.

"I'm trying to make clear that wherever [Lindh] got to, he didn't arrive there in a vacuum," he said. "I don't condone what he did...My son Justin is almost exactly Walker's age.

"Would I be upset if he suddenly turned up fighting for the Islamic Jihad? Sure, absolutely. Fundamentalism, as practiced by the Taliban, is the enemy of real thought, and religion too," he added. "But there are real circumstances...He was a smart kid, he graduated from high school early, the culture here didn't impress him, so went out looking for something to believe in."

The following are complete lyrics to "John Walker's Blues":


I'm just an American boy raised on MTV
And I've seen all those kids in the soda pop ads
But none of 'em looked like me
So I started lookin' around for a light out of the dim
And the first thing I heard that made sense was the word
Of Mohammed, peace be upon him
A shadu la ilaha illa Allah
There is no God but God
If my daddy could see me now--chains around my feet
He don't understand that sometimes a man
Has to fight for what he believes
And I believe God is great all praise due to him
And if I should die I'll rise up to the sky
Just like Jesus, peace be upon him
We came to fight the Jihad and our hearts were pure and strong
As death filled the air we all offered up prayers
And prepared for our martyrdom
But Allah had some other plan some secret not revealed
Now they're draggin' me back with my head in a sack
To the land of the infidel
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