When I first started singing that one, there was really a mixed reaction. It wasn’t exactly 50-50, but there were some people who would really get pissed off. And I thought, what are those people doing at the show? I’ve been doing this for 35 years, and I thought it was fairly clear where I stood politically, you know? I never tried to rub it in anybody’s face, but I thought it was pretty clear that I wasn’t closet Republican.
And man, people wrote me these letters, saying ‘Man, I’ve been listenin’ to you for years and I have all of your records, blah, blah, blah’ and they smash up my CD and send it back to me in the same envelope. And I thought to myself, ‘Why are these people following George Bush?’ But since then in the last 13 or 14 months, people have finally started getting turned around, wondering what the hell are we doing in Iraq.
It’s really odd after having those songs about Vietnam and living through that, and singing those songs back then, and singing those songs right now. I didn’t think twice about write that song today. I was in Ireland when I wrote it and Bush had just made a visit there, and man, when you’re livin’ overseas and you’re lookin’ at what your country’s doing, it even stands out more so. Especially when we do stuff that really puts off the rest of the world. (july 10, 2006 for a Houston Press interview)