Monday, May 23, 2005

Iraq War Gives Robert Cray The Blues

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The war in Iraq has Robert Cray singing the blues on his new album, Twenty.

The album hits stores on Tuesday (May 24) and the title track is sung from the point-of-view of a disillusioned soldier who dies in action while fighting a “rich man’s war.”

Some of the lyrics include Standing out here in the desert/ Trying to protect an oil line./ I’d really like to do my job/ But this ain’t the country I had in mind.

Cray says the song was inspired by the current war and because he was a military brat who grew up on Army bases all around the world.

He’s known a lot of disillusioned soldiers who “take orders and respond whether they like them or not” and feels bad that “it’s always the young ones who get sent before they have a chance to live life.”

Cray doesn’t know how the song will be received by the masses but believes it will last long after the current conflict because, sadly, “it will always be relevant.”

Cray starts his current U.S. tour next Thursday (May 26) with a benefit concert in San Francisco.

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