Kinky's History Lesson

Album: Out of All This Blue (2017)
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  • Dear Kinky Friedman, I read what you wrote
    Neville Chamberlain surrender monkeys - Yup, that was your quote
    Well, we all say stupid things sometimes, so here with my blessing
    Kinky Friedman this is your history lesson

    Chamberlain declared war on the 3rd of September
    The US wasn't involved, as I remember
    And after Poland fell, then Belgium and France
    Britain stood alone with barely a chance

    We faced Hitler down; he unleashed the blitz
    a hundred nine elevens that left London in bits
    But we never caved in, Britain never surrendered
    No petition for peace, Kinky, was ever fuckin' tendered

    Oh Kinky Friedman
    Dude quit your messin'
    and listen up good
    This is your history lesson

    Roosevelt helped us with armaments and food
    his vision was sure and his policy good
    he'd have brought the USA into the war on our side
    but the isolationists had both his hands tied

    Stay out, Stay Out was your public's demand
    Till the Japs hit Pearl Harbour, and that forced your hand
    Then your boys fought like lions but so the hell did ours
    only an asshole, Kinky, could call the British cowards

    Oh Kinky Friedman
    take some quiet time processing
    these words of mine
    your history lesson

    And here's a casualty count for you to muse upon, man

    Military personnel and civilians killed in the theatre of world war two
    USA: four hundred and nineteen thousand and four hundred
    Great Britain: four hundred and fifty thousand and nine hundred
    and just to keep perspective
    USSR: twenty-seven million...or thereabouts

    Yeah war is no joke, and my friend you misspoke, or so I'm guessin'
    but take this well, Buddy, and may it ease your soul
    Kinky Friedman this has been
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