"Wartime Prayers" as written by and Paul Simon....
Prayers offered in times of peace are silent conversations,
Appeals for love or love's release
In private invocations
But all that is changed now,
Gone like a memory from the day before the fires.
People hungry for the voice of God
Hear lunatics and liars
Wartime prayers, wartime prayers
In every language spoken,
For every family scattered and broken.

Because you cannot walk with the holy,
If you're just a halfway decent man.
I don't pretend that I'm a mastermind
With a genius marketing plan.
I'm trying to tap into some wisdom,
Even a little drop will do.
I want to rid my heart of envy
And cleanse my soul of rage
Before I'm through.

Times are hard, it's a hard time
But everybody knows all about hard times.
The thing is, what are you gonna do?
Well, you cry and try to muscle through
Try to rearrange your stuff
But when the wounds are deep enough,
It's all that we can bear,
We wrap ourselves in prayer.

Because you cannot walk with the holy,
If you're just a halfway decent man.
I don't pretend that I'm a mastermind
With a genius marketing plan.
I'm trying to tap into some wisdom,
Even a little drop willdo.
I want to rid my heart of envy
And cleanse my soul of rage
Before I'm through.
A mother murmurs in twilight sleep
And draws her babies closer.
With hush-a-byes for sleepy eyes,
And kisses on the shoulder.
To drive away despair
She says a wartime prayer


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"Wartime Prayers" as written by Paul Simon

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    General Commenti can't believe no one's commented on this song so far...
    it's great
    as is the whole of surprise. paul simon is just such an amazing lyricist.
    jenibenion July 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBrilliant. That's all I can say about this song.

    I will admit that when I first heard it, however, I thought it was probably going to be some cheap song about the current war that everyone is writing the same things about; but Paul came through again with a winner. Its a beautiful and minimally cliched song, much more than you can ask from a lot of artists these days, who all seem to write the same things.

    I'm personally in love with the lines, "because you cannot walk with the Holy if you're just a halfway-decent man." Makes me smile, mostly because it seems to get back to the roots of Christianity, back when God expected you to be good and didn't coddle you; if you were going to make it to Heaven, you had to obey, no ifs, ands, or buts. This connects well with the fact that Paul is Jewish, and doesn't believe in the more modern personification of God.
    thelesserthreaton July 09, 2006   Link

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