Saturday, August 19, 2006

Pro-Hezbollah song on the BBC

On this week's The Now Show (a topical “comedy” series on BBC Radio 4 hosted by, and aimed at, the sort of people who go on Stop The War marches) resident songsmith Mitch Benn offered up a Beach Boys-style paean to Hezbollah. Listen here (mp3, 800k, 1 min 50) or via the website (link above, approx 24 mins into the show). Note the rapturous applause from the Edinburgh audience for this terrorist-praising ditty.

Everybody in the Lebanon
We’ve got a ceasefire, a ceasefire
Shake off the dust and get your gladdest rags on
It’s a ceasefire, a ceasefire
Come on down we’ll have a street party
In the ceasefire, a ceasefire
Or at least we’ll have a party where the street used to be
Cos it’s ceasefire, a ceasefire
Come on over to what’s left of my place
Have a double in the rubble and get out of your face
And nearly everybody’s dead so there’ll be plenty of space
In the ceee - ease - fire!

Sing Hez-bo-hez-bo-la-la-lah!

Everybody do whatever you please
Cos it’s a ceasefire, a ceasefire
Openly giggle at the Israelis
Cos it’s ceasefire, a ceasefire
Everybody come compare your scars
Cos it’s ceasefire, a ceasefire
We got shrapnel wounds and cholera
But there’s a ceasefire, a ceasefire
Bring your few surviving friends
And tonight we’re gonna party like the fun never ends
Cos you know by Monday morning they’ll be bombing us again
But there’s a ceee - ease - fire!

Sing Hez-bo-hez-bo-la-la-lah!
Of course, it's all in the name of satire so I guess it must be OK.

Would the BBC air an equivalent pro-Israeli song with lyrics about laughing at the Lebanese and partying on down ahead of the next round of Katyusha attacks? I very much doubt it.

Update. Mitch Benn has a My Space site, where there’s a song about right-wing Americans called “This Ain’t Your Country Any More”:
“We are God’s chosen people
We’re mean, we’re paranoid
We’re stupid and we’re proud”
Sic him, my Yankee friends. And perhaps some Israelis would like to pass on their thoughts, too.


Anonymous Annie Mouse said...

they'll probably never broadcast "bush was right"

4:11 pm  
Anonymous JuliaM said...

I don't think 'Wierd Al' Yankovic needs to be too worried by this young upstart....

4:29 pm  
Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

This is tame stuff. OTOH, the Edinburgh audiences have already been treated to some prime 'criticism of Israel' already this year.

I think the line has been crossed: overtly anti-Jewish humour is officially de rigeur.

'Put them in the oven!'

PS: DfH, your word verification is bonkers ( 'Type the characters you see in the picture above': kjiozakjwoyyoitoynbeesucksballsjhjkhjh)

4:44 pm  
Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

PS: too many 'alreadys' in the second sentence above. Apologies to any pedants who might be reading this.

4:45 pm  
Blogger Man in a shed said...

Maybe the Lefty Lexicon could be put to music ?

5:23 pm  
Blogger permanentexpat said...

Simply another example of the malaise affecting The Septic Isle.

5:45 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Clematis. Nasrallah, quoted in the Lebanese Daily Star: “if they all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”

BBC topical satire show:

"Sing Hez-bo-hez-bo-la-la-lah!

Followed by cheers.


(Can't do anything about the word verification, I'm afraid.)

Permanentexpat. Thanks, as ever, for your words of encouragemnet to those of us who haven't run away and abandoned our beautiful country.

6:01 pm  
Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

No, DfH, of course it is not 'tame'. I only used the word 'tame' when juxtaposing this 'satirical' song with some of the shenangians that have been occurring in the BBC's favourite festival.

Benn used to be quite amusing - now he has disappeared up his own self-important arse. He genuinely believes he is a good song-writer.

Come to think of it, Nasrallah would happily "put them in the oven". He and Ahmahdinejihad would be at home at the Edinburgh Festival.

All is fair in love and war. You should start an anti-Islamist song competition and post the entries on the BBC Radio 4 message boards.

7:00 pm  
Blogger Rastaman said...

I dunno, it's easy listening if you don't pay any attention to the words. The German patriotic music of WW II, now, that stuff would damage young ears...

There's no excuse for stupidity. Unfortunately there's no cure for it either.


7:20 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Missed the point you were making, CF. Apologies.

Hmmm, song competition....

(Word verification - rtwcli)

7:21 pm  
Blogger permanentexpat said...

German music from WW2 included 'lily marlene', beloved also of British troops at that time.
DFH: Speak not of what you know not.

8:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm a supporter of Israel (and a hater of the Hizbos) but I really don't think the song is THAT bad. There's certainly a lot worse anti-Israel and antisemitic material around. There is some truth in what is said - in that the Hizbos DID get clobbered.

You do a great job, but - for what it's worth - there might be bigger fish to fry than this one.

All the best,


6:08 am  
Blogger Mr Eugenides said...

I was at the Glasgow Rangers v Hearts match yesterday, and can proudly report that the Rangers fans were singing - to the tune of "When the Saints go marching in" - "Hez-bollah - are full of shite - o Hezbollah are full of shite".

Laughed out loud.

10:12 am  
Anonymous archduke said...

here's an israeli song

"ya ya nasrallah , we'll send you back to allah"

2:42 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

"Hez-bollah - are full of shite - o Hezbollah are full of shite".

Now THAT's funny.

3:56 pm  
Anonymous Victor Meldrew said...

Rastaman - there is a very effective cure for stupidity. It comes in several calibres.

8:19 am  
Anonymous Mitch Benn said...

I'm intrigued. What made you think the song was pro-Hezbollah?

You don't think Hezbollah's ACTUAL supporters might find the idea of re-cycling the name of the organisation as a sort of Beach Boys singalong chorus a bit offensive?

4:29 am  

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