The Lady Speaks

Friday Anti-War Song

LIVES IN THE BALANCE
— Jackson Brown

I’ve been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear

You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you’ve seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war

And there’s a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs

On the radio talk shows and the T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend

But who are the ones that we call our friends–
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can’t take any more
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone

There are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire
There’s a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can’t even say the names

They sell us the President the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars

I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they’re never the ones to fight or to die

And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

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September 14, 2007 - Posted by | America, Government, Music, Politics, Protest, War, World Peace

2 Comments »

  1. Now I could vote for a candidate with a theme song like that! Nice blog. Love the Molly Ivins quote. She was one of my heroes. Lord we could use some real heroes now — other than the ones being made to fight in Iraq for a topsy-turvy political agenda. And the Iraqi people themselves who are caught up in hellish surreal lives just trying to outlast the madness. Sigh.

    Comment by Ronnie Ann | September 15, 2007 | Reply

  2. So could I, Ronnie Ann! I’m so tired of all the triangulating and pandering. I want any or all of the candidates to just start telling me how they feel, what they think, etc., without sifting it through advisors and pollsters and pundits.

    Molly was one of my heroes, too, and boy do we need more voices to fill the giant hole left with her passing.

    Comment by PA_Lady | September 15, 2007 | Reply


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