Christmas in Fallujah
|"Christmas in Fallujah"|
|Single by Cass Dillon and Billy Joel|
|Released||December 4, 2007|
"Christmas in Fallujah" is a single written by Billy Joel and performed by Cass Dillon. A couple of weeks after they recorded it in a studio, Billy Joel introduced Cass Dillon on stage, in Chicago, for a first live performance of the song.
The single was released on December 4, 2007 exclusively from the iTunes Store and was included on Dillon's EP A Good Thing Never Dies (iTunes download). The proceeds from this single were donated to Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted homes for American service members returning from Iraq (Fallujah is a city in Iraq) and Afghanistan with severe disabilities.
"Christmas in Fallujah" was the second single released in 2007 by Joel, who aside from "All My Life" (also released in 2007) had not released a song with lyrics since 1993. Joel performed "Christmas in Fallujah" live in Australia in November 2008; marking the first time he sang the lyrics to the song instead of Dillon. On December 11, 2008, Joel announced that a new recording of the song that day at Sydney's Acer Arena concert would be released as a download and CD single in honor of the American and Australian soldiers serving in the Middle East. This is the only official recording of Joel singing "Christmas in Fallujah" that is available.
- "Emerging singer-songwriter Cass Dillon premieres new Billy Joel song, "Christmas In Fallujah," exclusively on iTunes beginning Tuesday, December 4" (Press release). Columbia Records' official site for Billy Joel. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
- "Billy Joel lanza canción contra la guerra". La Crónica de Hoy (in Spanish). 2007-12-09.
- Moran, Jonathon (2008-12-12). "Billy Joel's tribute song to troops in Middle East". news.com.au. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
- Homes for Our Troops (official site)