"Heard Somebody Say" as written by and Devendra Banhart....
I heard somebody say
That the war ended today
But everyone knows it's goin' still

Our motherlands and motherseas
Here's what we believe
It's simple
We don't want to kill

I heard somebody say
That the war ended today
But everyone knows its goin' still

Our motherlands and motherseas
Here's what we believe
It's simple
We don't want to kill

Oh, it's simple
We don't want to kill
Oh, it's simple
We don't want to kill
Oh, it's simple


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"Heard Somebody Say" as written by Devendra Banhart

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    My InterpretationI think this is a Devendra paying a homage to John Lennon as well as a protest song. The chord intervals are about the same as "Oh Yoko!" by John. Also, the part "I heard somebody say, That the war ended today" could be relating to "John's War Is Over... If you want it" protest. Call me crazy if you want, but i hear the Imagine piano rhythm towards the end, too.
    dm4003on December 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAnyone else notice that Bush declared that the war was over with his "Mission Accomplished" speech? That is the first thing I think about when I hear the opening lines of this song.
    shamrockguinnesson August 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's simple, we don't want to kill. :)
    SilentZephyron January 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably the greatest protest song of the new millenium.
    Stolenbuson January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOf course, I haven't heard very many.
    Stolenbuson January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh my, Devendra sure can write a pop song, can't he? I love his normal folk stuff, but this is such an amazing break from his regular music. It's just beautiful.
    proposalson February 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA simple protest of humanity. I think you can appreciate this song regardless of political tendencies. I mean you can't really get enraged about an innocent "I dont want to kill!" plea, without looking completely foolish yourself.
    One of the better tracks on his huge, 23 song album - "Cripple Crow"
    bcontraton April 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdon't know if anyone notices but the piano accompaniment strangely resembles the guitar in the classic Beatles song "Across the Universe". not much of a surprise since the 6th track on the cd is named "The Beatles," perhaps paying homage to the most influential band ever.
    masterj317on April 16, 2006   Link
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    General Comment***10th track on the cd, not the 6th.
    masterj317on April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe melody is so easy and still it’s so beautiful, many of his song has the same background music trough out the whole song, generally it’s monotonous boring but he really makes it work.
    It’s just in the minds of the politicians that war ends, and that’s their job to make us believe them.
    endless_drifteron May 17, 2006   Link

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