"I've Known No War" as written by and Pete Townshend....
I've known no war
I've known no war
And if I ever do I won't know for sure
And if I ever do I won't know for sure
Who'll be fighting whom
Who'll be fighting whom
For the soldiers lonely tomb
For the soldiers lonely tomb
Now opens as soon as the referee's gun starts to roar
Now opens as soon as the referee's gun starts to roar
I'll know no war
I'll know no war

Galbraith took his pen
Galbraith took his pen
To break down the men
To break down the men
Of the German army defeated
Of the German army defeated
On the nineteenth day
On the nineteenth day
Of a spring day in May
Of a spring day in may
Albert Speer was deleted
Albert Speer was deleted
And as soon as the battle was over
And as soon as the battle was over
I was born in victorious clover
I was born in victorious clover
And I've never been shot at or gassed
And I've never been shot at or gassed
Never tortured or stabbed
Never tortured or stabbed
And I'm sure, I'll never know war
And I'm sure, I'll never know war

I know I'll never know war
I know I'll never know war
And if I ever do
And if I ever do
The glimpse will be short
The glimpse will be short
Fireball in the sky
Fireball in the sky
No front line battle cries
No front line battle cries
Can be heard and the button is pushed
Can be heard and the button is pushed
By a soul that's been bought
By a soul that's been bought
I'll know no war
I'll know no war

In and out of reach loft
In and out of reach loft
The medals are lost
The medals are lost
They belong to a lone broken sailor
They belong to a lone broken sailor
His provinces now
His provinces now

Are the bars of the town
Are the bars of the town
His songs and his poems of failure
His songs and his poems of failure
For his grandchildren can't see the glory
For his grandchildren can't see the glory
And his own kids are bored with the story
And his own kids are bored with the story
But for him they'd have burned behind netting
But for him they'd have burned behind netting
From the brink they were grabbed
From the brink they were grabbed
And I'm sure
And I'm sure
I'll never know war
I'll never know war

I've known no war
I've known no war
And if I ever do I won't know for sure
And if I ever do I won't know for sure
Who'll be fighting whom
Who'll be fighting whom
For the soldiers lonely tomb
For the soldiers lonely tomb
Now opens as soon as the referee's gun starts to roar
Now opens as soon as the referee's gun starts to roar
I'll know no war
I'll know no war

War, I've known no war
War, I've known no war
I'll never know war
I'll never know war
And if I ever know it
And if I ever know it
The glimpse will be short
The glimpse will be short
Fireball in the sky
Fireball in the sky
No front line battle cries
No front line battle cries
Can be heard as the button is pushed by a soul that's been bought
Can be heard as the button is pushed by a soul that's been bought
And the armies remaining will judge without people or courts
And the armies remaining will judge without people or courts
And there's no point pretending that knowing will help us abort
And there's no point pretending that knowing will help us abort
I'll know no war
I'll know no war


Lyrics submitted by Chris_Gough

"I've Known No War" as written by Pete Townshend

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    General CommentThis is such an underappreciated song from It's Hard. He mentions that on May 19 Albert Speer was 'deleted'. He mentions as soon as the over was over so probably around 1945. Speer was a high ranking Nazi government official. I wonder what that means because I can't seem to find what if anything happened to him on that day. However May 19 1945 was the date Pete was born...
    lmaster65on October 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentan amazing song about being a baby boomer and being out of touch with the past. It's also about Nuclear war and the fear of thet in the early 80's

    Another great song from "It's Hard"
    regbon March 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe poems of failure are about man's dark side.
    utfinalon October 06, 2008   Link

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