"The Dogs of War" as written by Alex Harvey, Hugh Mckenna and Alistair Macdonald Cleminson....
Dogs of war and men of hate
With no cause, we don't discriminate
Discovery is to be disowned
Our currency is flesh and bone
Hell opened up and put on sale
Gather 'round and haggle
For hard cash, we will lie and deceive
Even our masters don't know the web we weave

One world, it's a battleground
One world, and we will smash it down
One world, one world

Invisible transfers, long distance calls,
Hollow laughter in marble halls
Steps have been taken, a silent uproar
Has unleashed the dogs of war
You can't stop what has begun
Signed, sealed, they deliver oblivion
We all have a dark side, to say the least
And dealing in death is the nature of the beast

One world, it's a battleground
One world, and we will smash it down
One world, one world

The dogs of war don't negotiate
The dogs of war won't capitulate,
They will take and you will give,
And you must die so that they may live
You can knock at any door,
But wherever you go, you know they've been there before
Well winners can lose and things can get strained
But whatever you change, you know the dogs remain.

One world, it's a battleground
One world, and we will smash it down
One world, one world


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Mellow_Harsher, DagoMaster

"The Dogs of War" as written by Anthony Moore Dave Gilmour

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    General CommentI don't know about anyone else, but this song scares me. I grew up around this song, and it still bothers me. I like music that deals with things a lot darker than this, and those songs don't bother me as much as this one does. It's that dark.
    thatsreallymessedupon March 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhat, incu!? What!? WHAT!? The title is a reference to a line from Shakespeare's Juilius Caesar: "Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war!" "Dogs of war" is a metaphor for the wild ferociousness of war. Jackass. The song is extending the metaphor.
    pigeggDSOTMon May 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've heard the same thing that pigegg stated, but another story i also heard was about an outnumbered group of marines fighting in France during WWII. There was a forest that the marines had to get through to either take or just to accomplish some other mission, but in the forest was a large group of german soldiers. There were about 50 marines, and over 200 germans, so the marines charged into the forest, killed damned near every german, took some captive, and accomplished their mission. The marines had 0 casualties. The surviving germans begans calling the marines Devil Dogs after the battle. Supposedly one of the Members of PF learned of this story and they penned the song. Could be true, could be bunk. Don't know, but I thought it was an interesting piece to add.
    ledbaronon May 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOkay, opinions aside, you people are really of track. I dont mean to offend anyone, but what David is writing about is the governments use of Mercenary forces in foriegn wars. The Gulf? Anybody remember that? Mercenaries are referred to as "Dogs of War". This is a cultural lexicon from the world around.

    "no cause we dont discriminate" "discovery is to be disowned" "for hard cash we will lie and decieve"
    all things that can be easily said about Mercenaries. As well as the fact that War is their business, and as long as there is war, there will be mercenarys "...but whatever you change you know the dogs remain"

    simple meaning, pretty good song
    johnnytoweron January 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo be honest with you I think the meaning of this song is pretty obvious: its a criticism of warmongers. But God, I love that saxophone.
    NickDolanon August 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion, this song could be about most anything...from the sale of apples to the destruction of the world...it all depends on how you want to perceive it...I'm glad to see most are not as narrowed minded and jealous as werumm...I personally am still studying the opportunities set forth by Pink Floyd...and by the way, THEY FUCKING ROCK...!!!
    Candee69on November 26, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"hell opened up and put on sale, gather round and haggle". think that has anything to do with it?
    pinkubus_floydon July 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It's the most badass song ever made. How can you listen to this and not get pumped up for some kinda sporting event or something? It's harsh
    FeelTheFlood32on July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me really hate George Bush... I mean it totally fits to situations in the world right now. George Bush is Evil incarnate.

    And yes, I know this song is from 1987... I'm just saying it FITS right now.
    Kozmic Tequilaon October 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentNice, Kozmic. Way to take something and connect it to something not at all related. If you don't like Bush, that's perfectly fine; but I wouldn't go so far as to say he's evil incarnate. Jesus Christ, the song doesn't fit into the world situation in any plausible way..

    Anyway, truly a badass song. I would have thought everyone would know about Julius Caesar, but I keep forgetting what facts are well-known and which aren't... oh well. ledbaron, it's a nice story, but it really isn't what relates to this song. It could be true, but it's not what this song's about.
    TenYears_Goneon October 23, 2004   Link

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