Nov 11, 2014 | US MADNESS

Reagan to Thatcher: An Apology (the song)

Following a telephone call US President Ronald Reagan made to British Prime Minister in October 1983 to apologize for invading the Caribbean island of Grenada without letting the Brits know it beforehand, Reagan, an artist at heart, penned a more personal apology and asked his pal Stevie Wonder to compose a tune. He recorded the tune in a White House basement with the help of the Secret Service and promptly sent the record to Margaret. A version with new lyrics was released by Stevie the following year to great acclaim.

 

No other country to invade     
No weapons and ammunition to give away
No trip to Beijing
No hammer to swing   
In fact here's just another White House day

No coup d'état
No nuclear boom
No secret arms deal within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to you

I just called to say I 'm sorry
I just called to say to that this I swear
I just called to say I 'm sorry
And I mean it from the top line of my script

 

No S.D.I.
No CIA spy
No Urgent Fury sparking Caribbean fights
No Marxists to tease

No Contras to grease

Not even a sound in Central-American skies

No Afghan fun
No Mujahedeen
No giving thanks to the Libertarian joy you bring
But what it is, though old so new
To fill your purse like no three words could ever do

 

I just called to say I 'm sorry
I just called to say that this I swear
I just called to say I 'm sorry
And I mean it from the top line of my script