Leaving Beirut

Album: Leaving Beirut (CD Single) (2004)

Songfacts®:

  • At a concert on July 12, 2007 in Darien Lake, New York, Waters gave the audience some background on this song before he played it. The spoken word portions of the song he wrote at the age of 19 while hitchhiking in Lebanon. The refrains he wrote more recently, and they directly reflect his own personal views on the war in Iraq, as well as his opinions regarding George Bush, Tony Blair, Lebanon and the Middle East. >>
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    phil - jamestown, NY

Comments: 2

  • Ricardo Abdahllah from Paris, Francehe used a comic-like karaoke background in most of his 2007 performers so public may sing with him.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI remember this song from when I saw Roger Waters live at the Hollywood Bowl. He gave some insight to his Lebanese adventures. A comic was displayed on a big screen showing what it was like for him. I don't know if he wrote it, but that would be cool.
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