"When The War is Over" as written by and Steve Prestwich....
Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away
Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away

When the war is over
Got to get away
Pack my bag to no place
In no time no day
You and I we used each other's shoulder
Still so young but somehow so much older
How can I go home and not get
Blown away

You and I had our sights set
On something
Hope this doesn't mean our days are numbered
I got plans for more than a wanted man
All around this chaos and madness
Can't help feeling nothing more than sadness
Only choice to face it the best I can

When the war is over
Got to start again
Try to hold a trace of what it was
Back then
You and I we sent each other stories
Just a page I'm lost in all its glory
How can I go home and not get blown away

Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away
Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away
Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away

Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away
Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away
Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away


Lyrics submitted by Regos the Sane

"When The War Is Over" as written by Steve Prestwich

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    General CommentWhat an incredible song, the simplicity of the lyrics, multi-layered brillance
    chisel_fanon December 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis might be a dumb question but is it Jimmy Barnes singing the whole way through? I've never been much of a Chisel fan but I'm obsessed with this song at the moment...his voice kind of sounds different throughout the song....I love it at the end when he just goes off what an amazing voice!! it just gives me chills when ever I listen to this song.
    Maikeon January 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYour correct Maike,Ian Moss sings the first parts of the song and then Jimmy sings the last part.
    Great song,not too sure of the meaning!
    Geordieon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a young man who got wrapped up in his youth, broke the law and got put in gaol. He's now about to be released and he's thinking about a girl who he left behind.

    You and I we used each other's shoulder
    Still so young but somehow so much older
    How can I go home and not get
    Blown away

    Possibley refers to the girl who he left and how he's worried about what people (including his girlfriend) will think of him when he returns home. He's a so much older due to him reflecting on his recklessness before he was gaoled (grow up quick in gaol).

    You and I had our sights set
    On something
    Hope this doesn't mean our days are numbered
    I got plans for more than a wanted man

    Again, tells of the life plans that he and his girlfriend had before he was put away. He hopes that its not over between them due to him wrecking these dreams.

    When the war is over
    Got to start again
    Try to hold a trace of what it was
    Back then
    You and I we sent each other stories
    Just a page I'm lost in all its glory
    How can I go home and not get blown away

    He's saying how he hopes his relationship will be the same as it was. Reflects on his time in gaol when she wrote to him.

    Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away
    Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away
    Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away

    This is him saying that even though he's been away he still loves the girl and hopes it can be like it was.

    This is my take on it if anyone's got better ideas let hear them.

    "Got my Cheap Wine and a Three-day Growth"
    big_piss_drinkeron June 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always just thought it was about a guy who's been sent to war...
    Regos the Saneon August 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat a perfect harmony
    Berrieon August 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was about a bloke who was sent to war too....but now the wars over and hes going home to his girl who he hasnt seen for a long time
    riaon December 29, 2006   Link
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    General Comment=] Beautiful
    -xox-
    r0ck_r0xon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHas Anyone Thaught Of This As Like, A Prelude To Flame Trees?

    As In, The Girl That Has Left His Hometown, That He Is Thinking Of In This Song.

    Something To Ponder.
    Mr_DuDe_182on November 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is the most powerful thing I have ever heard.
    bleedthecoloursopenon March 27, 2008   Link

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