Half alive we fall through worlds we go
To colorful altars in the grip of war and woe
And the desperate charge to make the damage look undone
Here's another war across the ocean

Casualties of war
You better learn
Casualties of war
Whose souls are reaching
Casualties of war
You'll find better way
Casualties of war
That's all

Through days of hunger and nights that we forget
I think that we could heal together
Strength to strength
And from the scars of everything we've left behind
To find a new life
Set our souls alight

Casualties of war
You better learn
Casualties of war
Whose souls are reaching
Casualties of war you'll find a better way
Casualties of war
That's all
In rebel learn

Casualties of war
Whose souls are reaching
Politics in war
We'll find better way
We're casualties of war
That's alright from the scars of
Everything we left behind
To find a new life
Set our souls alight
Through days of hunger
Nights that we forget that
We could heal together
Strength to strength


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    General CommentQuoting Thomas Barnett:

    It's the peace-punk song I've always wanted to write. It's the perfect mix of Discharge and Billy Bragg. It has to do with what war does to all of us: the war economy, our recession, the moral erosion of the idea of a just war. My bandmate Mark [Miller] has a good friend who came back from Iraq, but mentally he's hurting, fractured – and [the song is] for all of the people that we see around the world that are involved in the military, who come to our shows, that want out, that want a reason to hope for something else. It's for all our friends and the people I've worked with in the counter-recruiting movement, trying to get people to know their rights. ... Recognize that soldiers are human beings and have been manipulated into this terrible place, and a lot of horrible things have happened, but we can heal together. That's what the ending's about: Trying to get out of this place where we've all been compromised, and our civilization has been, by this addiction to war.
    StrikeAgainstRiseAnywhereon October 25, 2009   Link

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