"Guns Before Butter" as written by and Dave/burnham Allen....
All this talk of blood and iron
Is the 'cause of all my shaking
All this talk of blood and iron
Is the 'cause of all my shaking
All this talk of blood and iron
Is the 'cause of all my shaking

All this talk of blood and iron
It's the 'cause of all my shaking
The fatherland's no place to die for
It makes me want to run out shaking
I hear some talk of guns and butter
That's something we can do without
If men are only blood and iron
O Doctor Doctor, what's in my shirt?

Just keep quiet, no room for doubt

I'm hearing talk of joy in labor
I'll tell you this you can leave me out
The motherland's no place to cry for
I want some sand to hide my head in
I'm hearing talk of strength in labor
That's something I can do without
If I'm only blood and iron
O Doctor Doctor, what's in my shirt

Just keep quiet, no room for doubt

All this talk of blood and iron
It's the cause of all my shaking
The fatherland's no place to cry for
It makes me want to run out shouting
I hear some talk of guns and butter
That's something I can do without
If men are only blood and iron
O Doctor Doctor, what's in my shirt?

Just keep quiet, no room for doubt


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"Guns Before Butter" as written by Hugo Burnham David Allen

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    General CommentPleat is completely right, but missed the literal meaning point of "Guns Before Butter". Hermann Goering famously said in a speech:

    "Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
    samhalversonon December 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPleat's pretty close, but missed the 'guns and butter' bit:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    phillstac3on November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm convinced this song is about living in Nazi Germany before WWII.

    'All this talk of blood and iron' - Bismarck said Germans were made from blood and iron; similarly the Nazis talked of 'blood and soil'

    'I hear some talk of guns and butter/that's something I can do without' - in the build up to the War the German economy was geared towards the production of weapons and home-grown food (guns and butter); King's character can see a war is looming and is pleading 'The Fatherland's no place to die for'

    'Joy in labour' - trade unions were destroyed and instead workers joined Nazi clubs and societies that promoted 'joy through work'

    I think that's the German spelling of 'Doctor' as well.

    Case closed!
    Pleaton August 10, 2007   Link

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