Friday, August 12, 2005

In Dire Straits: Ticket to Heaven 2005

Was enjoying a song from the classic Dire Straits album On Every Street, called Ticket To Heaven. The lyrics resonated with me to such an extent that I thought they could be updated for our times. I'm sure my version will get a lot more airplay on Palestine Radio...

The original lyrics can be found here, and you can listen along to the song by clicking here.


I can see what you're looking to find
in the scowl on my face
in my Palestine
in my state of disgrace
I work hard to learn what I can
from the imam's story

he imparts heaven's plan
and he talks to me


now they send what they can to Abbas
to create a state
but it ends up with Hamas
and they ensure hate

Israel's wall, Oslo Accord
Al Naqba for eternity
UN save the little children
in a poor country


I got my ticket to heaven
and everlasting life
I got a ride all the way to paradise
I got my seventy-two virgins
and 30 brand new wives
blown away to paradise



now there's nothing left of olive trees
IDF who slay my brethren still
but the good lord will provide
I know he will
so they send who they can with a plan
to blow up cafes
I'm sneaking through a stolen land
to blow Jews away



I got my ticket to heaven
and everlasting life
I got a ride all the way to paradise
I got my seventy-two virgins
and 30 brand new wives
blown away to paradise




If you enjoyed this little musical interlude, please feel free to suggest more songs for reinterpretation or deconstruction. Normal service will be resumed after the weekend.

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