Here are the lyrics to “John Walker’s Blues”, the song I talked about in my previous post…

      John Walker’s Blues

      I’m just an American boy raised on MTV

      And I’ve seen all those kids in the soda pop ads

      But none of ’em looked like me

      So I started lookin’ around for a light out of the dim

      And the first thing I heard that made sense was the word

      Of Mohammed, peace be upon him


      A shadu la ilaha illa Allah

      There is no God but God

      If my daddy could see me now – chains around my feet

      He don’t understand that sometimes a man

      Has to fight for what he believes

      And I believe God is great, all praise to him

      And if I should die, I’ll rise up in the sky

      Just like Jesus, peace be upon him


      We came to fight the jihad and our hearts were pure and strong

      And when death filled the air, we all offered up prayers

      And prepared for our martyrdom

      But Allah has some other plan, some secret not revealed

      Now they’re dragging me back with my head in a sack

      To the land of the infidel


      © Steve Earle (Artemis Records)

    Notice the song does not condone or condemn his actions. It simply tells a story.

    Also to those who think the song is comparing Walker to Jesus, it is not. The character of Walker in the song does say that if he dies he’ll rise up like Jesus, but he is speaking of the Muslim view of Jesus as the greatest prophet next to Mohammed. (This is made clear by Earle who said in the interview on the NBC morning show that Muslims always say “Peace be upon him” after saying Jesus’ name.)