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Steve Earle Rich Man's War Lyrics

Last updated: 02/23/2013 12:47:08 PM

Jimmy joined the army ‘cause he had no place to go
There ain’t nobody hirin’
‘round here since all the jobs went
down to Mexico
Reckoned that he’d learn himself a trade maybe see the world
Move to the city someday and marry a black haired girl
Somebody somewhere had another plan
Now he’s got a rifle in his hand
Rollin’ into Baghdad wonderin’ how he got this far
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man’s war

Bobby had an eagle and a flag tattooed on his arm
Red white and blue to the bone when he landed in Kandahar
Left behind a pretty young wife and a baby girl
A stack of overdue bills and went off to save the world
Been a year now and he’s still there
Chasin’ ghosts in the thin dry air
Meanwhile back at home the finance company took his car
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man’s war

When will we ever learn
When will we ever see
We stand up and take our turn
And keep tellin’ ourselves we’re free

Ali was the second son of a second son
Grew up in Gaza throwing bottles and rocks when the tanks would come
Ain’t nothin’ else to do around here just a game children play
Somethin’ ‘bout livin’ in fear all your life makes you hard that way

He answered when he got the call
Wrapped himself in death and praised Allah
A fat man in a new Mercedes drove him to the door
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man’s war

Thanks to Sean Sullivan for submitting Rich Man's War Lyrics.



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What the fuck | Reviewer: Anonymous Afghanistan veteran | 2/22/13

@anonymous: what the fuck are you saying? I have never felt more understood by anyone than Steve Earle.
If you think he belittles us, lemme tellya something: I didn't wanna go. But whatcha gonna do if your parents can't afford to get you a college education and you're not good enough for a scholarship?
Do you think I feel good about having protected people the likes of you? I have killed people, at least one turned out to be innocent. I have to live with that for the rest of my life. How you can life with yourself being responsible for so many innocent deaths, beats me.

People like you are the reason America was attacked in the first place and that America gets such a big deal of hatred from so many people and peoples.
Go to Iraq and die for what you believe in. Don't let others do that for you.

what belittlement? | Reviewer: extramuros | 12/10/12

To the idiot who thought this song belittled what our soldiers do - where the hell do you get that? The point is that our soldiers are being used and deceived. What they are doing has absolutely nothing to do with "fighting for our freedom". They are being used by rich people to make the world a better place for rich people - and it's people like you that make this possible.

crap | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/5/12

What a sack of shit. He was free to sing this song because theses soldiers stand up and fight for that freedom everyday. He has the right to disagree with the war, but to belittle what our soldiers do is a disgrace.

Amazing | Reviewer: dwitefry | 7/16/07

This is, for me, one of the best, if not THE best responses to the Iraq War.
I especially like the final verse twisting to be about a poor boy in Iraq.