Blessed are the land-mines
stretched across the desert floor
God, bless the hands that formed them
filled their shrapnel hearts with war
May you bless the companies
the goose that laid the golden egg
may they make a million more
blowing off a million legs
Blessed are the black-tongued ravens
substituting fear for reason
"To hate war is to hate us
to love peace is to love treason."
Beat your plowshares into swords
beat your pulpits, turn your tables
blessed are the hand-grenades
bless the church who rattles sabers

This house, is burning
this poison is worming
This temple, will cave in
There's nothing here worth saving

Nail the gold up to the altar
like Ahab taunts his crew to war
blessed are the shareholders
lack of faith is for the poor
Hold your wallets to the sky
a temple built to soothe yourself
Blessed is the church who tries
to help you build your blessed wealth


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    General CommentProbably my favorite song the CD lyrically, which is saying a lot because the lyrics on the disc are some of Reese's and Dennis's best works.

    I think the lyrics are pretty clear, that the Church isn't as loving as it should be. I think it's clearly a call out on health and wealth churches especially. My question is how far is this song reaching? I am personally a pacifist, and believe Christ taught pacifism. The lyrics to this song line up very well to that belief, but is that the intention? I think it is. It has very sarcastic lyrics, that I think are not just metaphors. It's hard to describe, but I think the Church in America has become too disposed to war, supportive of sending out troops to "defend America." Thank God for the freedoms I have as an American, but I think the Church often gets so enamored with America and the freedom to practice religion, that it misses all the injustice in American government, culture, and the rest of the world. It's more concerned with the health and wealth of American church-goers than loving our neighbors and enemies. I think the audio clips of Pat Robertson really cement all this, with who he is in addition to what he is saying.

    My comments might sound a bit unpatriotic, but they really hit on the lyric "To hate war is to hate us, to love peace is to love treason."
    brandon_r87on October 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI do agree with all that your saying. I love this song because it speaks the truth about how the church is today. Although some churches still connect to the people around them, they also need to think about those that go to their church that are also in the military.

    Plus the line in the song "TO HATE WAR IS TO HATE US, TO LOVE PEACE IS TO LOVE TREASON" it is actually: "TO HATE WAR IS TO HATE US, IF YOU LOVE PEACE THEN YOU MUST LOVE TREASON"
    churchpandaon January 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI concur with churchpanda, the line is "if you love peace then you must love treason".

    2nd line in the chorus is missing a word, should be "this poison still is worming"

    Great song.
    NarnianRockhoundon June 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentReese said (in an interview on thefurtheradventuresof.wordpress.com) that it is about the church in america's pro-war stance. He mentioned that a lot of the church in America isn't pro-war, but what is heard is the war-mongering (like Pat Robertson's sound clip).
    NobodySpecialon September 27, 2011   Link

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