"White People for Peace" as written by and Thomas James Gabel....
East and West could not agree
So their generals gave call, gathered troops at the border
With guns at ready, drawn and aimed
Each side was praying to a God to bless them with strength and courage
It was in His name artillery lit the sky on fire
The people sang protest songs to try and stop the soldier's gun

Protest songs in response to military aggression
Protest songs to try and stop the soldier's gun
But the battle raged on

Sirens filled the air, and the ground shook with war
Civilian casualties had been a cost that was predetermined
When interviewed for report, victims pleaded in frustration
Their claim: that this was a war without reason
And bureaucrats engaged in debate to try and reach a resolution
The people sang protest songs to try and stop the soldier's gun

Protest songs in response to military aggression
Protest songs to try and stop the soldier's gun
Protest songs in response to military aggression
Protest songs to try and stop the soldier's gun
But the battle raged on

While the broadcast, like their prayers, went unanswered and ignored
God, like the rest of the world, just watched in silence
There was purpose to be served, there were fortunes to be earned
Before a peace could be called to stop the fighting, they sang...

Protest songs in response to military aggression
Protest songs to try and stop the soldier's gun
Protest songs in response to military aggression
Protest songs to try and stop the soldier's gun
Protest songs in response to military aggression
Protest songs to try and stop the soldier's gun
Protest songs in response to military aggression
Protest songs to try and stop the soldier's gun
But the battle raged on


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"White People for Peace" as written by Thomas James Gabel

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  • +2
    General Commentthis song isnt about left right up or down. its a fuck you to bands who think singing protest songs does anything.
    NSLba4s3BaLLon August 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that the song is sarcastic. People singing protest songs obviously isn't going to put an end to a war, even one as purposeless and brain numbingly stupid as the Iraq war. It's also a bit ironic, seeing as this song could be considered a protest song as well.

    But I also believe that it's important for people to hear songs like this and understand what they're saying.
    Especially lines like
    "Civilian casualties had been a cost that was predetermined." and "There was purpose to be served, there were fortunes to be earned."
    If only there were more bands who could get music like this out there, to make people more aware of what the hell is even going on.

    It's scary how uneducated people are about this war, and how willing people are to believe what they're told by biased journalism and a corrupt government.
    Burning Star IVon September 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe Burning Star is on the right track. I personally believe this song is about the absurdity of pacifistic strategies of protest(i.e. picketing, marching, petitioning, etc.) against something as violent and destructive as war. The chorus I believe is sung with a bit of a sarcastic tone. The title, "White People for Peace", I believe alludes to how being non-violent is a politically convenient position for a liberal white person because is preserves their position of privilege and comfort in society and equally be ineffective and if they were to be a violent activist for example they would be more effective in ending a war, but have to give up that privilege.
    jflores619on September 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI feel like everyone here missed the point.

    The title is blatant sarcasm, and the chorus is pointing out the futility of so many peace demonstrations and "protests".

    Protest Songs in response to military aggression.
    Protest songs to try and stop the soldier's gun.
    But the battle raged on.

    Singing a song in some hippy-ville like Ithaca, NY isn't going to get anyone to put their rifles down in Iraq or anywhere else.
    mcm1610on March 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is damn good live.

    It's seems to be about the war in Iraq and how most of the country is against the war, yet the government will not put an end to it.
    elevenelevenon May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw them two nights in a row in April, and sadly, they didn't play this song either night, haha. I can't wait until the new CD...between those two nights, I head 5 of the 10 songs on the new CD..."New Wave", "Up The Cuts", "The Ocean", "Americans Abroad", and "Thrash Unreal" are all GREAT songs...add White People For Peace to that list, and so far, 6 of the 10 songs are amazing.

    As for the meaning, I'm pretty sure eleveneleven has it exactly right.
    JeffJeckalon May 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is saying to me that each side to a war, to conflict or aggression, has its own justification, and to each side of the war there will be the media or a rock band, a "voice of the people" to publicize the outrages of war, for their own sake of getting fans and loyal listeners. White People for Peace, white people telling us why the war is wrong who really don't give any reason to what they say. Their words, their protests are pointless, and it doesn't change the fact that the battle rages on. When our own soldiers are telling us that this war is without reason, the only people who pretend to do anything about it are well-off white people and bureacrats who don't do a fucking thing to change the situation. The battle goes on and on and on, but when will it finally stop, when will someone finally end it?
    WorldInferno67on June 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree mostly with inferno. i see this song, in it's incredibly straight forward delivery, and humorous title, is satire of the current population, everybody says they want the war to be over, when all they do is listen to anti war songs. if you really wanted it to end that badly, you'd go out and do something, anything. The song also touches on the various motivations behind the sides fighting, and how those in power while publicly fighting over on how to bring peace, are in reality stalling so as to make their fortune off of this conflict.
    bottom line, this song is at once subtle satire, and blunt leftism. lol white people for peace...
    stick to your gunson July 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy is it WHITE people for peace...I'm sure there are many different cultures who are against war.
    Dan Viruson August 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think they were being sarcastic with the title of the song by saying white people for peace. They say that the war is for peace, but lots of other people think otherwise.
    dievon August 30, 2007   Link

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