Hell, We All Have Days Like That.

This week in 1980,  the Summer Olympics were being held in Moscow.

Eighty nations were represented at the Moscow Games – the smallest number since 1956.  Led by the United States, 66 countries boycotted the games entirely because of the Soviet–Afghan War.

The full wiki article.

I don’t really care about the Olympics….never have. What I do care about is music and below is an wonderful song to mark the 40th anniversary of those fateful games. I couldn’t find a live version of this song, and this was obviously recorded off the vinyl record as you can her the snaps, crackles and pops.  It is less than three minutes long, so sit back and listen to a lighthearted, political song. No hate, no venom, just some wit and wisdom. I’ve said it before, that Tom Paxton is the master of political songs.

The Lyrics:

“Be A Sport, Afghanistan”

Let me have a word with you, you’re sporting kind of man
Captain of the Olympic team, here at Afghanistan
And you don’t wanna go to Moscow – wonderful – let me commend your zeal
But still I hope you won’t lose sight of the pure Olympic ideal
Be a sport Afghanistan, be a sport
Not everyone can be a winner – some fall short
So you might not win a medal
So you feel a little flat
So you lost a little freedom
Hell, we all have days like that
Don’t be a drag Afghanistan, don’t be a drag
We’ll help you sew a couple o’ stitches in your flag
As you march around the stadium to musical strains
Be sure to wave to Lord Killanin and the rest of the brains
For you know they’ll never listen to the clanking of your chains
So be a sport Afghanistan, be a sport
Don’t be rude Afghanistan, now don’t be rude
Politics and the Olympics don’t intrude
The Olympiad is holy
We observe the niceties
We’re above the petty squabbles
You could ask the Taiwanese
Try to smile Afghanistan, try to smile
Show the world a little sportsmanship and style
Just because you’ve been invaded
Is no reason to lose heart
Just because you’re in a war you didn’t want and didn’t start
Still remember that you have the joy of simply taking part
So be a sport Afghanistan, be a sport
The committee’s full of sporting chaps that comes as no surprise
And we’ve already ordered our blazers and some ripping Olympic ties
So it’s too late to call the games off – that would never ever do
And the hopeful eyes of the sporting world – are firmly fixed on you
Rise and shine Afghanistan, rise and shine
Help us whip those other nations into line
They’ll believe you if you tell ‘em
That the boycott isn’t fair
You been running for your lives at home
Hell, why not do it there
Show some class Afghanistan, show some class
Just because the Russians saw some greener grass
Just because you lost some freedom – it’s not sporting to complain
Still you got an invitation and we’re happy to explain
That the Russian’s have agreed that they will take you there by train
So be a sport Afghanistan, be a sport
You’ll be runnin’ around Siberia when you run
Be a sport Afghanistan, be a sport

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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1 Response to Hell, We All Have Days Like That.

  1. Jim Borden says:

    I love the Olympics, from the Opening Ceremonies to the closing, and all the competition in between.

    I was sad to see the Olympics canceled, since I knew a couple of swimmers who had qualified after years of hard work. But I certainly agreed with the decision.

    Great lyrics by Paxton, again…

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