Let's be war buddies
Waist deep in big muddies
Side by side
I'd be the athiest in your foxhole any time

Let's be friendly fire
Body count's mounting on a bed of barbed wire
Coldly stacked
As soon as the morning light has broken
Then we attack
If nobody tries too hard to kill you
I got your back

Across the desert
Back to brave the burning sand
Back to question every effort,
Back to challenge your command
If you've got guns
Well, now's the time for sticking
Resistance is already forming
The second shot won't be a warning

Let's be collateral damage
Looking down your nose like it's the best you can manage
Just to stand
Indignity after indignation
The thread of a hostile occupation
The better to form a sovereign nation

Here's the plan:
Let every man who disagrees
Be roughly brought down to his knees,
Be starved to death, made to freeze,
And sentenced to the gulag
If you've got guns
Well, now's the time for sticking
Resistance is already forming
The second shot won't be a warning

When the tanks roll into Warsaw
Will I find you at the front,
Singing into a tape recorder
Shouldering the brunt of the attack?
Has it come to that?


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    General CommentIt's eerie beyond belief. The sex metaphors at the beginning make you think it's going to turn out to be a sort of smartass love song, and then at the end it really begins to seem violent/disturbing... in the best possible way.

    Two moments that give me a HUGE emotional impact:

    "If you got guns, well, now's the time for sticking
    Resistance is already forming
    The second shot won't be a warning."

    and the whole outro, "when the tanks roll into Warsaw...."

    it's almost as if they're using war as a metaphor for love as a metaphor for war. Looping back on itself, lyrically. Great tune.

    By the way, a webcomic, Inhuman, set a short segment of their comic to the lyrics of War Buddies. You can see it here:
    inhuman-comic.com/…
    I think it's a really cool visual representation of the song... you guys like it?
    TheTANKon September 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about the relationship between Russia and the United States during World War 1 & World War 2, segueing into the start of the Cold War.
    upthornon November 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFavorite HD song hands down. Starts out so wryly sexual but evolves into a chronicle of the most dynamic sort of relationship people can have with a healthy - yet not overdone - amount of political commentary. "Back to question every effort, back to challenge your command..." is my favorite line. You're not settling for love for the sake therof; you're using it to compete and grow.
    silentsailoron January 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like everything about this song, except the word muddies.
    heartbeats_xxxon April 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Let every man who disagrees
    Be roughly brought down to his knees,
    Be starved to death, made to freeze,
    And sentenced to the gulag "
    Guantanamo Bay, anybody?
    imn0tal0seron July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgod, their lyrics do have so many sexual undertones, never really noticed before, and the flagpole line in flagpole sitta!
    thenextpopeon October 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"If nobody tries too hard to kill you, I got your back."

    I like that line. I'm not really positive as to how it fits into this song as a whole. To me, it makes me come back to my belief that no one's ever really behind you and you can only always count on yourself. Sad to say but I think it's the truth.
    brunoisradon February 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anyone give some insight into how the final verse fits into the song? I get the idea of the tanks rolling into Warsaw and the imagery it provokes, but the significance of singing into a tape recorder eludes me. Cheers :)
    TrialByFireon March 05, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI remember back when I first heard this song I would go around to all my friends explaining that it was "a song about war disguised as a song about sex disguised as a song about war." I'd say that pretty much sums it up right there.

    It starts off with him making cheeky sexual innuendo based around the topic - "I'll be the atheish in your foxhole," "If you've got guns, well now's the time for sticking." However, as you listen to it closer, these start to turn back around on themselves into a serious discussion. I feel it is one of the more powerful anti-war songs out there, and am upsetted a little that it didn't get the popularity it deserves.
    LIGHTPIE7on February 15, 2011   Link

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