"A Farewell To Arms" as written by Philip John Demmel, Adam Duce, Robert Conrad Flynn and Dave Mcclain....
Can you hear the cries?
Nowhere the children run to hide
Crimson rivers flow down hills, atone our ills
And woe to all her songs of love

A farewell to arms

Mutilated lives blackening as coffins line the sides
Filled with fathers
Who has won when only sons
Who hold their grieving heads and mourn

A farewell to arms

Always our souls entwine
Erase this vast divide
Deaf ears our voices rest
Tyrant, this is protest

Who has won?
Yes, who has won?

I'll wave this flag of white
So the avenged see the light
We'll pay for closed eyes
Before genocide

Pissing the masquerade
March to the death parade
Trade not humanity
For pearls of our slavery

In the depth of mind the heart will find
The truth of our leaders
We'll try the facts so through the cracks
May fall the lying cheater

Who has won when we're all dead?

I'll wave this flag of white
So the avenged see the light
We'll pay for closed eyes
Before genocide

So is this how we live?
Or is this how we die?

Black blood dripping from platinum fangs
Rich blood flees while
Our poverty hangs, oh

Oh, shepherds, they herd the mindless trance
As the flock follows the puppet's dance
In a fatal romance

Oh, all that they needed was
A pretext, war's next
Heads to the chopping blocks
And our necks are next

For those who died
Who fought for our rights
Whose children now slaves
Are turning in their graves

Oh, war hawks and senators
They sit right so trite
Never their sons will know
What it's like to fight

Soldiers are dead
And children have bled
And the silence is numb
What have we become?

What have we become?
What have we become?
What have we become?
God save us

A farewell to arms


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"A Farewell to Arms" as written by Dave Mcclain Adam Duce

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song fucking rules. A great way to end one of the greatest metal albums of the year.

    This song is definitely about war, possibly the current "war" we are in right now.

    It's also talking about how our founding fathers would roll over in their graves had they known what this country has come to.

    Also, it goes on to mention how this war is for the rich man and oil.

    Finally, it says in the last section how politicians kids will never know what it's like to have to fight in a war.
    SR65on May 18, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti know this song's about war and death. but when i have a band, i want to cover it and make a music video, cuz i think this song can relate to the struggle of non-straight people, if you look at it that way. of course i did for some reason, maybe cuz i'm a fag. music video would be about a closeted bisexual killing himself, then his wife and childhood bully trying to change people's opinions on this issue cuz of all the fags and bis that kill themselves. who thinks this would be a good idea? and who thinks it may insult this awesome band and awesome song?
    MachineHeadJunkie7on February 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't believe that not many people have commented on this song it's the best album closer and song that Machine Head has done in my opinion....its so deep...."But soldiers are dead, and children have bled, and the silence is numb, What have we become?"
    AllEyezonMeon July 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti was at the black crusade and he said this song was dedicated to all the people who know some one who commited suicide or attempted to. This song means alot to me
    muse_xon December 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest song Ever. Best meaning ever too.
    Narvréon January 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell since it's been failed to have been mentioned so far, it should be acknowledged that the song is based off of the book "A Fairwell To Arms" by Ernest Hemmingway. The Song uses symbols from the book and is basically about the sacrifices of war and questioning if they are worth what in turn becomes lost.

    Hemmingway's books seem to have a great effect on songwriters since this is his third novel to be converted into a song (the first two being "For Whom The Bell Tolls" & "The Thing That Should Not Be")
    I really enjoy this song and it is definately one of my favorites on the album and it is a great way to end a nearly perfect record. Hopefully they'll play this song when i see them in January.
    Andonioon November 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Opinionquite a few of there songs on the blackening are about this war now robb flynns lyrics are always on top form i love the man hes genius!!!!!
    hayli21on July 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is basically about how America has lost its moral high ground, instead of being a force for advancement, America is a force for destruction, starting from the Vietnam war.
    MetalMachineDMon January 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how this band has the ability to end everyone of there cd's the right way !!! This is one of my favourite fuckin albums MACHINE HEAD!!!!
    sacrificedon April 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMost certainly a hell of a closer for this awesome CD. It's not my favorite song, but it is growing on me.
    killswitch916on July 24, 2007   Link

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