Country legend Willie Nelson has announced he's penned a Christmas tune - that's a direct attack on the war in Iraq.

The singer/songwriter wrote protest song, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PEACE ON EARTH?, after watching TV on Christmas Day (25DEC03).

Nelson, 70, plans to play the new tune at a benefit concert for Democrat American Presidential candidate DENNIS KUCINICH in Texas on Saturday (03JAN04).

And the country star hopes the tune, which opens with the line, "How much oil is one human life worth?," sparks controversy in his homeland.

He says, "If you write something like this and nobody says anything, then you probably haven't struck a nerve."

05/01/2004 18:10