Posted by: Lister | February 5, 2007

(Bagh)Dad’s Gonna Kill Me

[update — the MP3 is no longer available for free]

Richard Thompson has a made an MP3 of Dad’s Gonna Kill Me available for free on his website. (Also check out this page for more free Thompson Audio tracks).

In DGKM, the music has a look-over-your-shoulder, preying on your nerves vybe to it. The violin and the bass vocals in the chorus are haunting, the solo and much of the backing is fretful. The over-all effect is of a thought that you can’t get out of your head.

Perfect.
One of the few times since the Iraq invasion that I have actually felt sympathy for American soldiers.

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  1. Lyrics

    Out in the desert there’s a soldier lying dead
    Vultures pecking the eyes out of his head
    Another day that could have been me there instead
    Nobody loves me here
    Nobody loves me here

    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me
    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me

    You hit the booby trap and you’re in pieces
    With every bullet your risk increases
    Old Ali Baba, he’s a different species
    Nobody loves me here
    Nobody loves me here

    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me
    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me

    I’m dead meat in my HumV Frankenstein
    I hit the road block, God knows I never hit the mine
    The dice rolled and I got lucky this time

    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me
    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me

    I’ve got a wife, a kid, another on the way
    I might get home if I can live through today
    Before I came out here I never used to pray
    Nobody loves me here
    Nobody loves me here

    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me

    Dad’s in a bad mood, Dad’s got the blues
    It’s someone else’s mess that I didn’t choose
    At least we’re winning on the Fox Evening News
    Nobody loves me here

    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me
    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me

    Dawn Patrol went out and didn’t come back
    Hug the wire and pray like I told you, Mac
    Or they’ll be shovelling bits of you into a sack

    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me.

    And who’s that stranger walking in my dreams
    And whose that stranger cast a shadow ‘cross my heart
    And who’s that stranger, I dare speak his name
    Must be old Death a-walking
    Must be old Death a-walking

    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me

    7 muzzle monkeys standing in a row
    Standing waiting for The Sandbox to blow
    Sitting targets in the wild west show

    Nobody loves me here

    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me

    Another angel got his wings this week
    Charbroiled with his own Willie Pete
    Nobody’s dying if you speak double-speak

    Dad’s Gonna Kill Me

    From the album Sweet Warrior

  2. This is a vivid, shocking, awakening song. It says it all. It’s left me numb about our President’s war. I wonder what Osama or Carl Rove would each say about it?

    To bad no one has the balls to play it at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner on Saturday!

    I’m retired after 21 years in the US Military. Thank-you Richard, this song is needed right now. Most Americans just want our solders home.


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