Oh my name it is nothin'
My age it means less
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I's taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And that land that I live in
Has God on its side.

Oh the history books tell it
They tell it so well
The cavalries charged
The Indians fell
The cavalries charged
The Indians died
Oh the country was young
With God on its side.

Oh the Spanish-American
War had its day
And the Civil War too
Was soon laid away
And the names of the heroes
I's made to memorize
With guns in their hands
And God on their side.

Oh the First World War, boys
It closed out its fate
The reason for fighting
I never got straight
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don't count the dead
When God's on your side.

When the Second World War
Came to an end
We forgave the Germans
And we were friends
Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side.

I've learned to hate Russians
All through my whole life
If another war starts
It's them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side.

But now we got weapons
Of the chemical dust
If fire them we're forced to
Then fire them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God's on your side.

In a many dark hour
I've been thinkin' about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you
You'll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side.

So now as I'm leavin'
I'm weary as Hell
The confusion I'm feelin'
Ain't no tongue can tell
The words fill my head
And fall to the floor
If God's on our side
He'll stop the next war.


Lyrics submitted by i rock

With God on Our Side song meanings
Add your thoughts

14 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentOh my name it ain't nothin'
    My age it means less
    The country I come from
    Is called the Midwest
    I's taught and brought up there
    The laws to abide
    And that land that I live in
    Has God on its side

    Oh the history books tell it
    They tell it so well
    The cavalries charged
    The Indians fell
    The cavalries charged
    The Indians died
    Oh the country was young
    With God on its side

    I've learned to hate others
    All through my whole life
    If another war starts
    It's them we must fight
    To hate them and fear them
    To run and to hide
    And accept it all bravely
    With God on my side

    Oh the First World War, boys
    It closed out its fate
    The reason for fighting
    I never got straight
    But I learned to accept it
    Accept it with pride
    For you don't count the dead
    When God's on your side

    When the Second World War
    Came to an end
    We forgave the Germans
    And then we were friends
    Though they murdered six million
    In the ovens they died
    The Germans now too
    Have God on their side

    But now we've got weapons
    Of chemical dust
    If fire them we're forced to
    Then fire them we must
    One push of a button
    And shot the world wide
    And you never ask questions
    When God's on your side

    In a many dark hour
    I've been thinkin' about this
    That Jesus Christ
    Was betrayed by a kiss
    But I can't think for you
    You'll have to decide
    Whether Judas Iscariot
    Had God on his side

    So now as I'm leavin'
    I'm weary as Hell
    The confusion I'm feelin'
    Ain't no tongue can tell
    My words fill the air
    They fall to the floor
    That if God's on our side
    He'll stop the next war


    Straylight Run's version has the verses mixed up and changes a little bit of the words, such as "I've learned to hate Russians" to "I've learned to hate others" (if I'm hearing right), "in the ovens they fried" to "in the ovens they died" and "The words fill my head, and fall to the floor" to "My words fill the air, they fall to the floor."

    Good song, great cover. punkvoter.com/music/… if you don't have it.
    dnkon November 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hate covers.
    regardemylasheskgmon November 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone have an actual copy of this song and not the streamed version?
    woodendogzon December 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrankly, i think this is one of the better covers of a dylan song i've heard. straylights version gives it a much more epic and haunting sound. its going to be on an upcoming dylan tribute album from drive-thru/love minus zero records, coming out on june 21st.

    myspace.com/…
    CrzyGmOfPkr19on March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGOOD SONG, AWESOME COVER, GREAT MEANING!!
    green_day_babyon January 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont care if this was a cover from god, this is the worst song they could have ever possibly recorded, the first time i heard it i couldn't even let the song finish because it was sooo horrible.
    madmarshallon March 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPerhaps I'm not as harsh as madmarshall, but I agree nonetheless. This has to be the only song Straylight Run has recorded that I don't like. It just drags on so long...

    I've never heard the original, so I can't compare; I just don't really like it. Bob Dylan's never been my favorite.
    LaDiabloon April 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's a great song, and a really appropriate one for them to cover considering the context of the original's release and our own unstable political state.
    Northstaron September 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentas a dylan fan, this is by far one of the worst covers of one of his songs i've ever heard.
    lefthaloon December 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's beautiful.
    aannggiieeon April 22, 2007   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain