Day Before the War (R. Johnson / Moose & Raffi, D.Pike / Homeland) Emily said she's Little Red Riding Hood, Buttoning up her coat And I wonder what she would have said Six years old and in Baghdad instead Waiting for peace to be declared The day before the war. We went and planted last year's Christmas tree We all agreed it looked so sad And I wondered what I'd dig instead If I were a christian in Baghdad Waiting for peace to be declared On the day before the war. It's all gibberish they're telling us They don't know what it means We'd all be home by Christmas, yeah, yeah, yeah Nineteen fourteen. The streets were quiet like the night was holding its breath A clinched fist angry, scared, ashamed, We lit candles in Trafalgar Square Now all the lives go up in flames Waiting for peace to be declared Just like on the day before the war. It's all gibberish they're telling us Few casualties ours is not the reason why Baghdad is lit up like a Christmas tree On the fourth of July Emily said, she's Little Red Riding Hood, Buttoning up her coat And I wondered in Baghdad instead How many six-year-olds are dead. And each one is much like another A child of a mother and a father A very special son or daughter A lot like me and you. ------------------------------------------------- recorded by Roy Bailey on the Hokey Pokey sampler "All Through The Year" (1991) One of the first songs about the gulf war MJ
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