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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Spineless Song of the Week - Masters of War

The song I recorded for this week's Spineless Song is put on hold till next to coincide with a really cool event in the blogosphere! Stay tuned for further details!

So this week, I am pulling out an old cover I did of Bob Dylan's Masters of War. If I hadn't already told you that this is a Bob Dylan song and it was written in the Vietnam War era, you wouldn't have been able to tell if I wrote it today. This is because the lyrics are timeless and mean exactly what it did in the early 70's as it has in the last 4 years. I am broadening the definition of spineless this week to include attitudes, not just physical attributes. I highly recommend downloading Bob Dylan's original version, but for now you can listen to me sputter. Just go to the Spineless Songs sidebar on the right and click on Masters of War (#15).

Lyrics reprinted below, read and think about the relevance of each line to today...

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead

1 comment:

  1. Oh, it's still current. And so is "Take the Star Out of the Window" by John Prine.

    And its Hello, California
    Hello, Dad and Mom
    Ship ahoy your baby boy is home from Vietnam
    Don't you ask me any questions
    About the medals on my chest
    Take the star out of the window
    And let my conscience take a rest.


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