Singer songwriter John Ondrasik or “Five for Fighting," was so upset by the way the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was conducted, it moved him to write a new song.
Watch my interview with him by clicking the video below.
Links to song audio files below.
FIVE FOR FIGHTING’S JOHN ONDRASIK DROPS NEW SONG TODAY TITLED “BLOOD ON MY HANDS”
GRAMMY NOMINATED SINGER-SONGWRITER RELEASES NEW TRACK QUESTIONING THE RECENT U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN
Los Angeles, CA (September 13, 2021)—Grammy nominated singer-songwriter John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting, releases his new song today titled “Blood On My Hands,” questioning the U.S. Afghanistan withdrawal strategy and execution. Check out the lyric video here HERE.
Ondrasik, who wrote the song with non-political intentions, says: “Like all Americans, I was stunned and horrified at the images of falling bodies from planes, mothers handing babies over walls, and terrified Afghans being crushed to death at checkpoints due to our precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan. I am deeply troubled by the plight of Afghan women forced to live under the return of Taliban rule, and felt great sadness when reading a story about a popular folk singer, Fawad Andarabi, being dragged from his home and shot by the Taliban.
Although I believe the decision to withdraw or not from Afghanistan has good arguments on both sides, I cannot comprehend why our current administration would not extend the August 31 deadline, thus leaving American citizens, SIV holders, and Afghan allies behind to a terrorist Taliban regime. As a life-long supporter of our militaryI have always believed that ‘no man left behind’ applied to all Americans, as well as to those we promise to protect.”
On the day when 13 U.S. soldiers and more than 60 Afghans were killed by a suicide bomber, Ondrasik sat down to write “Blood On My Hands,” and says, “After our last solider left Afghanistan, I received a call from a friend organizing rescue evacs of “AM-CITS” and SIV holders. It was a highly emotional call and moment of clarity. Private citizens now had the burden of risking their lives to rescue Americans and Afghan allies that our government left behind. America has broken her promise, but these brave Americans have not.”
Ondrasik continues, “There is a great tradition of artists speaking their minds and calling out their leaders for answers. Many of those have been inspirations to me. I understand that this song might be perceived by some as a political attack, but those who follow me know I am an American with a history of calling out both sides. After hearing ‘Blood on My Hands,’ a friend said that he found the song to be politically neutral, but morally-forward. My hope is that this song helps demand accountability, so the American promise is not forsaken.
“Blood On My Hands” downloadable lyric video HERE
“Blood on My Hands” audio (.Wav) HERE
:Blood On My Hands” free download (Mp3) HERE
Blood On My Hands lyric - HERE
About John Ondrasik:
John Ondrasik (On-Draw-Sick), singer-songwriter and producer, has had a collection of heartfelt songs that have found their place in The Great American Songbook, and continue to stand the test of time. Selling more than 2.5 million albums, including the Platinum-selling “America Town” and “The Battle For Everything.” His Grammy nominated song, “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” the worldwide hit single, went Platinum, and was #1 on Adult Top 40, #2 on Hot AC and in the Top 40 Top 10. “Superman” becoming an anthem for the heroes of 9-11, and Ondrasik performed the song at The Concert for New York City. His standard “100 Years” went 2X Platinum and continues to give every age group a lifetime’s moment of reflection and nostalgia. Other notable tracks include the certified Gold “Changes,” the certified “What If,” Triple A radio’s #1 hit “Easy Tonight,” the call to action “World,” and mega-hit treaty on existence, “The Riddle.”
In addition to making music, Ondrasik is making a difference. He performs for the USO, and has keynote speaking engagements across the globe. A great supporter of the U.S. military, Ondrasik has given away five volumes of compilation “CD for the Troops” albums to our U.S. Armed Forces. Over one million copies have been distributed to soldiers worldwide. Additionally, the charity site,www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com, inspired by his song, “World,” saw fans uploading videos showing their respective interpretations of a better world. That initiative raised more than $250,000 for five designated charities – Augie’s Quest, Austism Speaks, Fisher House Foundation, Save the Children and Operation Homefront.
For more information on Ondrasik and Five for Fighting visit: https://fiveforfighting.com/.
Larry B Lambert says
Well done Sharyl. Great interview, great song, which I will share far and wide.
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And so the censoring begins quite quickly. I shared the song video and a link to your interview on my face book. So let’s see what happens......
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