Red Tie

  There's a man with a red tie
  Talking from the Pentagon.
  The children on the border
  Got to get out of the rain.
  We're feeling fine,
  Here behind the razor wire.
  We're all asylum seekers now.

  When the crops failed,
  We moved on to the city.
  We couldn't feed the kids
  So we hit the road again.
  Now we're on the shoreline,
  Praying for a miracle.
  We're all asylum seekers now.

    And if you told me months ago
    I wouldn't have believed it.
    We had everything we needed
    We were so free...

  Now the churches are full
  And the mosques and the synagogues.
  The temple bells ringing
  In the mountains and the fields.
  The monarchs and the ministers
  Singing for the cameras.
  We're all asylum seekers now.

  We're sending in food
  And guns and diplomacy.
  'Same as it ever was',
  We're singing the same tune,
  But no-one can hear
  In the bamboo and the mud.
  We're all asylum seekers now.

    And if you told me weeks ago
    I wouldn't have believed it.
    Things were looking good
    And we were so free...

  At 30,000 feet
  The turbulence is rising.
  There's a sign on the door
  There's something in the air.
  We're praying for mercy
  Now there's something in the water.
  We're all asylum seekers now.

  Well the sensors zoom in -
  And the lasers lock on.
  Sharp as a scimitar
  They cut through the night.
  The assets rain down
  And they blitzkrieg the border.
  We're all asylum seekers now.

    And if you told me days ago
    I wouldn't have believed it.
    I just got my cheque
    And we were so free...

  We used up our savings
  And feel into debt.
  They wanted big money
  And we knew all the risks.
  There's a space in the trailer
  And were leaving tonight.
  We're all asylum seekers now.

  Well we don't know how.
  And we don't know why.
  And we don't know when
  We'll reach the end of the road.
  We're spinning in space
  Calling to the passers-by...
  We're all asylum seekers now

    And if you told me minutes ago
    I wouldn't have believed it.
    But what could they do
    When we were so free...
    You and me?
 

Notes.

It seemed significant to me that Rumsfeld wore a
red tie in his first major speech after it happened.
I wrote this just a few days before the
Afghanistan 'operation' began.