On Baghdad 

[Iraq Elegy]

To "On Broadway"

(Words and Music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil)

Parody Lyrics by Marcy Shaffer

Arranged by Greg Hilfman

THEY SAY THE XENON LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT  
IN BAGHDAD.  
THEY SAY THERE'S ALWAYS 
SADNESS IN THE AIR.  
YOU TURN THE KEY 
OF YOUR HUMVEE  
IF YOU DON’T SEE THE I.E.D.  
THE MADNESS TAKES YOU OFF 
TO GOD KNOWS WHERE. 
 
THEY SAY THE KURDS ARE SOMEPLACE ELSE  
THAN BAGHDAD.  
BUT THE INSURGENCY 
IS TOUGH AND ROUGH.  
AND HOW YA GONNA PACE YOUR TOUR  
WHEN YOU MAY WELL FACE CIVIL WAR?  
WITH FORCES THAT ARE 
FAR LESS THAN ENOUGH. 
 
THEY SAY THE BUSH PLAN ISN’T LONG  
ON BAGHDAD.  
HE'LL CUT AND RUN 
FROM WHAT HE’S DONE. 
TOO BAD.  
HOW MANY DEAD? 
HOW MANY SCARRED?  
HOW MANY HEARTS FOREVER CHARRED?  
HOW MANY FUTURES SHATTERED HARD?  
ON BAGHDAD. 

ON BAGHDAD. 

TONY JONES - LEAD VOCAL


GREG HILFMAN - MUSIC DIRECTOR

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