"Illegal Attacks" as written by and Brown/wills/maxfield....
So what the fuck is this UK
Gunnin' with this US of A
In Iraq and Iran and in Afghanistan

Does not a day go by
Without the Israeli Air Force
Fail to drop its bombs from the sky?

How many mothers to cry?
How many sons have to die?
How many missions left to fly over Palestine?
Cause as a matter of facts
It's a pact, it's an act
These are illegal attacks
So bring the soldiers back
These are illegal attacks
It's contracts for contacts
I'm singing concrete facts
So bring the soldiers back

What mean that you beat my people
What mean that you beat my people
And grind the faces of the poor

So tell me just how come were the Taliban
Sat burning incense in Texas
Roaming round in a Lexus
Sittin' on six billion oil drums
Down with the Dow Jones, up on the Nasdaq
Pushed into the war zones

It's a commercial crusade
Cause all the oil men get paid
And only so many soldiers come home
It's a commando crusade
A military charade
And only so many soldiers come home

Soldiers, soldiers come home
Soldiers come home

Through all the blood and sweat
Nobody can forget
It ain't the size of the dog in the fight
It's the size of the fight in the dog on the day or the night
There's no time to reflect
On the threat, the situation, the bark nor the bite
These are commercial crusades
'Cos all the oil men get paid
These are commando crusades
Commando tactical rape
And from the streets of New York and Baghdad to Tehran and Tel Aviv
Bring forth the prophets of the Lord
From dirty bastards fillin' pockets
With the profits of greed

These are commercial crusades
Commando tactical raids
Playin' military charades to get paid

And who got the devils?
And who got the Lords?
Build yourself a mountain - Drink up in the fountain
Soldiers come home
Soldiers come home
Soldiers come home
Soldiers come home

What mean ya that you beat my people
What mean ya that you beat my people
And grind the faces of the poor.

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"Illegal Attacks" as written by Robert Maxfield Ian Brown

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  • +3
    General CommentBravo Ian Brown. It's good to have a singer who stands up against war and injustice. And it's good that Ian Brown is brave enough to speak the truth about Israel. It's like the singers who spoke out against Apartheid. Or the people who stood up against the Holocaust. Singers and other in society should speak up against global injustices! Ian Brown is not ignorant about it, he is enlightened.
    Varooomon January 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGood lyrics. About time someone with a voice said something critical of Israel.
    PompeyOon September 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStill genious!!

    Maybe some of the finer points in the lyrics are incorrect but the msg is surely clear??
    dayeron December 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGenius lyrics from a genius.
    OliMCFCon September 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is soo powerful. Really amazing. The meanings pretty clear. Its so truthful aswell just wowww.
    thatgirl_on September 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is good, perfect harmony between song, songwriter and singer/s, must state though it wasn't the taliban of Afghanistan burning incense in texas, raoming around... it was the Bin Ladens. Bit lost on that verse, it puzzles me.
    playboion September 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbermike, Whilst you start off an argument you fail to tell us why hes peddling lies, gossip, rumour and propaganda.

    Shit man, i can admit he cant sing. why? cos i heard the motherfucker with my own ears but he can write to provoke. Insult us further by telling us your American and propwely insulting us with your 'war' comments.
    Nefaron October 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm a big fan of Ian Brown, but this is like bad 6th form poetry. He can do way way better than this.
    xiason October 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbermike, I agree he's jumping on the bandwaggon, though I'd like to believe those are views that he holds too. I'm not sure about the lies, gossip and rumour though.

    I should point out — I am anti-war.

    As for the song, the meaning is fairly clear… in fact I doubt it could be any less subtle without the lyric "war war go away" or something. Such a lyric probably wouldn't be out of place amongst this dire collection of cliché and primary school rhyming.

    I'm a huge fan of the Roses and I quite like Ian Brown's solo stuff as a whole, but it seems these days his "God like genius" may have abandoned him. I just hope the rest of the new album is better than this pile of bollocks.

    Just my opinion on the matter anyway.
    AndyDunnon October 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentXias is right.
    I love Ian. The man is literally a genius in the true sense of the word, but that is what makes these lyrics a touch disappointing.
    Hey it's his music , it's his world but......These lyrics leave me hoping he just rushed the lyrics and focused on teh music......

    Course i wouldn't know because they have released the damn thing in the States!!!!
    Anyone know when that might happen?

    Does ian and his record company WANT me to steal it off the net?
    pton November 08, 2007   Link

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