"Here Comes The War" as written by and Justin Edward/heaton Sullivan....
Today, as you listen to this song
Another 394,000 children were born into this world
They break like waves of hunger and desire upon these eroded shores
Carrying the curses of history and a history yet unwritten
The oil burns in thick black columns, the buzz saws echo through the forest floor
They shout give us our fair share, give us justice
Here comes the war

On a grey morning to the south of here
Two young men in makeshift uniforms peer into the misty light
And figures dart behind the trees
As a snap of rifle rounds echoes out across the fields
They hardly know their sacred mother tongue but they know their duty
To defend the flag hanging limp and bloody above the village church
While a thousand miles away, in a warehouse complex down by the river,
Young money men play paintball games
Here comes the war - put out the lights on the Age of Reason

So blow out the candle and tell us another of those great stories,
the ones about serial killers. Let dreams flow into savage times.
Do you hear the sirens scream across the city?
We've had three hot nights in succession - the riot season is here again
Dear Lord, lead us back into the Valley of the Shadow of Death,
Here comes the war. Did you think we were born in peaceful times?

Faster, faster, like a whirling dervish spinning round
Faster, faster, until the Centre cannot Hold
You screamed give us Liberty or give us Death
Now you've got both, what do you want next ?
Here comes the war - put out the lights on the Age of Reason.


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"Here Comes the War" as written by Leslie Nice Peter Justin Edward Sullivan

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    General CommentNot sure my interpretation is at all right... my own Leninist-Communist leanings mean most my views are biased.

    It seems to be about how the evils of today's society make war inevitable. The first verse does well at speaking of how we're ruining our world, as the "oil burns in thick black columns, the buzz saws echo through the forest floor", destroying it, with people being treated unjustly, starving at times, unable to get their "fair share"... leading finally to war, as there's no other option.
    Justin proceeds to go on about how young men "hardly know their sacred mother tongue but they know their duty to defend the flag hanging limp and bloody above the village church", basically commenting on how patriotism like that is pointless; they know little about their homeland, probably don't really know why they're been sent off to defend it, but dying anyway. The flag hangs "limp and bloody", because it's tarnished; there's no honour in fighting for capital, as war is really about.
    The hypocrisy of this is shown as "Young money men play paintball games"... those with money, those with power, those in charge of us, to them it's a game.
    "We've had three hot nights in succession - the riot season is here again" again showing how the social and political climate is deteriorating.
    "a whirling dervish"... how war destroys everything.
    "until the centre cannot hold"... I have my own sort of view on what this means... with war destroying today's society, the centre parties "cannot hold", and revolution, or a shift to the extreme left or right, is inevitable. Heh, probably not what Justin intended though.
    MercyKilleron May 30, 2002   Link

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