Words and Music by Matthew Hanley and Hartwell Littlejohn


“Condoleeza” is a song whose narrators are U.S. soldiers stationed in Kuwait over Christmas before the Iraqi War of 2003. They miss their homes and loved ones. To them, “Condoleeza” (the Secretary of State under George W. Bush) is someone they don’t know, but seems important and both home-bound and exotic. The soldiers petition her for comfort, i.e. “Christmas cheer.”

“Condoleeza” was recorded by MH and Hartwell way back in December 2002 on a 4 track recorder, with acoustic guitar and a microphone. It was not released except for the Youtube video above.