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Prayer to Repel the Invasion of Iraq

Written the night before the war officially began. A petition to the elements to drive back the invasion and occupation of Iraq by leaders who disregard international law and world opinion.

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Words and Music 2003 by Karen I. Olsen.

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Fog that covers Iraqi mountains,
Clouds that hover on ranging hills,
Come down the mountains, through the glens
And cover the land.
Clouds too heavy to throw a stick through,
Fog too thick to see your feet through,
Cover the land;
Protect the human clans.
Cover the land;
Stretch out protecting hands...

And repel invasion now;
Repel invaders now and tomorrow.
Harm them not, but drive them back;
Harm them not, but drive them home.
I charge you, guard the land.
Repel the invasion now.
Repel the invasion now.

Wind and water of the Persian Gulf,
Sand and waves of the Arab Sea,
Whistle up a storm, push back the ships,
Defend the shore.
Waves too high to sail a carrier,
Winds too high to launch a plane through,
Guard the shore;
Unleash your wildest roar.
Defend the shore;
Push back the ships of war...
(Chorus)

Fire and lightning over Basra,
Lightning flashes over Baghdad,
Arrest the missiles in midair
Far over land.
Clouds of friction, short out guidance,
Bolts of thunder, strike down warheads
Out of range of towns;
Take out attacking rounds
Outside of towns;
Lock on and strike them down...
(Chorus)

Dust and sand and silt together,
Dry earth joined to whirlwind fury,
To the borders and beyond them--
Guard the land.
Drifts of sand to stop the convoys,
Dust through cracks, and silt through vents,
Defend the land;
Eat through weapons in their hands.
Defend the land;
Protect the native clans...
(Chorus)

Iraqi elders now in Spirit,
Children killed these dozen years,
Rise up and haunt their night vision
Here and now.
Not in my name this invasion--
See, I stand with you in spirit
Here and now.
I tried to stop the sanctions on you
Here and now.
Halt the invasion now...
(Chorus)

Clouds too heavy to throw a stick through,
Fog too thick to see your feet through,
Cover the land;
Protect the human clans.
Cover the land;
Stretch out protecting hands. (repeat)
Repel the invasion now.
Repel the invasion now.
Repel the invasion now.

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