"Road to Peace" as written by and Kathleen Brennan Tom Waits....
Young Abdel Madi Shabneh was only 18 years old,
He was the youngest of nine children, never spent a night away from home.
And his mother held his photograph up in the New York Times
You see the killing has intensified along the road to peace

He was a tall, thin boy with a whispy moustache disguised as an orthodox Jew
On a crowded bus in Jerusalem, some had survived World War Two
And the thunderous explosion blew out windows 200 yards away
With more retribution and seventeen dead along the road to peace

Now at King George Ave and Jaffa Road passengers boarded bus 14a
In the aisle next to the driver Abdel Madi Shabnet
And the last thing that he said on earth is "God is great and God is good"
And he blew them all to kingdom come upon the road to peace

Now in response to this another kiss of death was visited upon
Yasser Taha, Israel says is an Hamas senior militant
And Israel sent four choppers in, flames engulfed his white Opel
And it killed his wife and his three year old child leaving only a blackened skeleton

They found his toddlers bottle and a pair of small shoes and they waved them in front of the cameras
But Israel says they did not know that his wife and child were in the car
There are roadblocks everywhere and only suffering on TV
Neither side will ever give up their smallest right along the road to peace

Israel launched it's latest campaign against Hamas on Tuesday
And two days later Hamas shot back and killed five Israeli soldiers
So thousands dead and wounded on both sides most of them middle eastern civilians
They fill the children full of hate to fight an old man's war and die upon the road to peace

"Now this is our land we will fight with all our force" say the Palastinians and the Jews
Each side will cut off the hand of anyone who tries to stop the resistance
If the right eye offends thee then you must pluck it out
And Mahmoud Abbas said Sharon had been lost out along the road to peace

Once Kissinger said "we have no friends, America only has interests"
Now our president wants to be seen as a hero and he's hungry for re-election
But Bush is reluctant to risk his future in the fear of his political failure
So he plays chess at his desk and poses for the press 10,000 miles from the
road to peace

In the video that they found at the home of Abdel Madi Shabneh
He held a Kalashnikov rifle and he spoke with a voice like a boy
He was an excellent student, he studied so hard, it was as if he had a future
He told his mother that he had a test that day out along the road to peace

The fundamentalist killing on both sides is standing in the path of peace
But tell me why are we arming the Israeli army with guns and tanks and bullets?

And if God is great and God is good why can't he change the hearts of men?
Well maybe God himself is lost and needs help
Maybe God himself he needs all of our help
Maybe God himself is lost and needs help
He's out upon the road to peace

Well maybe God himself is lost and needs help
Maybe God himself he needs all of our help
And he's lost upon the road to peace
And he's lost upon the road to peace
Out upon the road to peace.


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    General Commentamazing song, even for Tom
    absolute genius
    PiKueloon December 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is awesome - Tom has diverted from the usual anti-war style of songs and instead opted for this 'happy medium' - making the point that it's not only "bad, bad america" as Moore, Springsteen and crew believe, but there are others in the world just as bad (often worse, "cutting off hands" etc), and also highlights what people often overlook: the wya other cultures try to find the way to peace. It's excellent.
    Publiuson December 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics is awesome
    mr.hahaon December 30, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"They fill the children full of hate to fight an old man's war"
    Too true =/
    DullDayon May 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"They fill the children full of hate to fight an old man's war"
    Too true =/
    DullDayon May 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentpeople have lost sight of the value of life, the road to peace... will they ever find it?
    fuzzyjellybeanon June 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcompletely haunting.
    it used to wake me up in the middle of the night. god, i adore this song...
    strawberrycactuson September 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe thing that makes this song so unique is this: as simple and easily understandable these lyrics are, who really knows which road is the road to peace?
    Ex Abruptoon September 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf any song ever made could make a difference in the world, it's this song. So amazing and well written.
    BobbyjointRitualon March 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is probably the greatest anti war song ever written.
    Nothing else to say really, other than to reiterate: "They fill the children full of hate to fight an old man's war and die upon the road to peace"
    wolfticketon October 23, 2009   Link

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