"If I Had a Rocket Launcher" as written by and Bruce Cockburn....
Here comes the helicopter, second time today
Everybody scatters and hopes it goes away
How many kids they've murdered only God can say, hey
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, I'd make somebody pay

I don't believe in guarded borders and I don't believe in hate
I don't believe in generals or their stinking torture states
And when I talk with the survivors of things too sickening to relate
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, I would retaliate

On the Rio Lacantun, one hundred thousand wait
To fall down from starvation, or some less humane fate
Cry for Guatemala, with a corpse in every gate
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, I would not hesitate

I want to raise every voice, at least I've got to try
Every time I think about it water rises to my eyes.
Situation desperate, echoes of the victims cry
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, some son of a bitch would die


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"If I Had a Rocket Launcher" as written by Bruce Cockburn

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is great.
    In my mind, one of the finest protest songs ever written.
    Major Valoron June 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor the record, U.S. Involvement began in the 1950's when it supported the overthrow of Guzman. It continued mostly unabated for the next 40 years. The only exception would be the Carter Administration. Hence, when the US returned to its previous "policy", the left blamed the new administration. But, this was all part of making us safe from Communism. Feel safe yet?
    Here come the unmanned drones, 10 thousandth time today..........
    montresoron March 13, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song is amazing.

    Bruce Cockburn wrote it after he took a trip to Nicaragua in the early 80's (a type when political oppression was going on and the US government were being a load of assholes. Kinda like what Bush is doing in Iraq, asshole).

    Anyway, this song is about an individual who has seen so much terror and suffering and he's wishing that he could just end all of the violent issues, even if it means killing American troops who are oppressing people-although this person doesn't believe in violence but is so desperate to make shit end
    River Wolfon September 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is generally about U.S. government-backed civil conflicts in the 1980's. guatemala is name-dropped, but it is also about the nicaraguan civil conflicts and the contras in Iran that were supplied by the Reagan administration and killed many of their own people. (the iran-contra affair)
    it is sung from the viewpoint of a fed-up witness to these acts of violence, who is willing to go to the most desperate measures to end the violence.
    all in all, a great political song.
    bizkit88on May 28, 2008   Link

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