"Rest in peace" as written by Nuno Bettencourt, Gary F. Cherone and Jimi Hendrix....
Let's talk of peace,
Sounds so cliche
A novelty,
Catch phrase of the day
Middle, index,
Sign of the time
Just as complex,
As water to

Someone said
Give peace a chance
And, that's all that we're saying
While we're sitting
On the fence
Pretending,
Our hearts are in the right place
But, your face
Shows a trace of

Hypocrisy,
Don't tread on me,
Now you can see

Make love not war,
Sounds so absurd, to me
We can't afford
To say these words, lightly
Or else our world
Will truly, rest in peace

Let's not pretend,
To justify
Rather amend,
Where treasures lie
Straight through the heart,
Peace can be found
That's where you start,
Not all around

Someone said
Give peace a chance
And, that's all that we're saying
While we're sitting
On the fence
Pretending,
Our hearts are in the right place
But, your face
Shows a trace of

Hypocrisy,
Don't tread on me, boy
Now you can see


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"Rest in Peace" as written by Jimi Hendrix Gary F. Cherone

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    General CommentThis song is about the hypocrites who cry for peace but are in truth belligerent against anyone who doesn't see things their way. Gary, IMHO, is a very underrated lyricist. His lyrics are very intelligent and thought-provoking...it's too bad he was overshadowed by Nuno's fireworks, fantastic guitarist that he was.
    Vozzyon February 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlthough now I think on, I've just fallen into exactly the same trap; I've highlighted faults, picked nits, then offered little or nothing positive of my own by way of recompense.

    Bugger.
    TragedyTrouserson September 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMake love, not war
    Sounds so absurd to me
    We can't afford
    to say these words, lightly
    Or else our world
    Will truly rest in peace

    Says it all really. War will destroy the planet etc
    SpritCrusheron December 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've always found these lyrics a little disappointing.

    It's all very well to give aggro little hippies like Lennon the kicking they deserve for the hypocrisy inherent in sermonising harmony from their angry balconies, but you kind of have to, y'know, *come up with something better yourself*, or you're just leaving yourself prone to coming across as equally didactic.

    Super riffs tho. :oP
    TragedyTrouserson September 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOye vay! I spot 'Voodoo Child' in there!
    chuckofalltradeson December 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI have a SLIGHTLY different interpretation of what I think Cherone was going for with these lyrics.

    The real key to the meaning is the line "Straight to the heart, Peace can't be bought, That's where you start, Not all around."

    I think he's suggesting that peace is a very difficult thing to achieve on a large scale, and saying things like "make love not war" isn't going to change any government's mind, as they will simply ignore you. He's trying to say that we, as individuals, need to live our lives peacefully in order to achieve a lasting peace, and that it's impossible to "make" someone else come around to this point of view if they're not ready for it. To become a more peaceful society, we all must come to the conclusion that peace is better, but we must come to that conclusion on our own, as individuals, and then actively make the choice to live peacefully. Cherone is into individuality as a pathway to peace.

    The only part I disagree with is that we have to come to this decision on our own, in a complete vacuum. Saying "make love not war" has never been intended to be a political policy. When you live in a large civilized area, like a city, the whole point of so many people living together in one place is to rise above our baser instincts and try to be a better society. The more peaceful we are, the more we can accomplish. "Make love not war" is a cultural suggestion, intended to get people to think about trying to be peaceful and diplomatic before they resort to anger and violence. Take the suggestion or leave it, but I don't think that's absurd at all, though I admit it typically falls on deaf ears.
    MetalHeadSJon July 13, 2017   Link

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