"Masters of War" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
We just want you to know we can see through your masks

You that never done nothing
But build and destroy
You play with our world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my head
And then you hide from my eyes
Then you turn and run following the fast foolish line

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You won't need to believe
But I see through your eye
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water that runs down my drain

You that fasten all the trigger
For the others to fire
And you sit back and watch
While the death toll gets higher
You hide in your mansion
While young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies and is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That could ever be hurled
The fear to bring children
Into this world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood that runs through your veins

How much do we know
To talk out of turn?
You might say that we're young
You might say we're unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness?
Do you think that it would?
Oh, I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death will come soon
I'll stand on your [Incomprehensible]
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Into your deathbed
And I'll stand on your grave till I'm sure that you're dead

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"Masters of War" as written by Bob Dylan

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    My OpinionThis is for all you morons who have jumped on the anti-Bush and anti-Iraq War over the last few years:

    Yes, this song, written in 1963, can be applied to the war in Iraq and sadly, all the other wars that will be fought in the future. However, the conflict in Iraq was much more justifiable than the Vietnam War. Although I do not agree with how the war was managed and carried out, it was very much needed. Saddam Hussein was a terrible and ruthless dictator. He allowed women to be beaten, raped, and tortured while allowing the men who committed these horrible acts, his sons in particular, to go free with any punishment. Further, Hussein used chemical weapons against his own people in order to defeat his enemies and stay in power. As I have stated before, I do not agree with how Bush got us into the war, by lying and saying Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, but he was justified in trying to bring Democracy to the Middle East and bringing down the Hussein regime. It may look like our efforts were in vain at the moment; however, I believe that twenty years from now we will see the fruits of removing Saddam from power and bringing Democracy to an unstable Middle East.
    BMDNYCon June 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is a Bob Dylan cover
    Twinb1983on April 14, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"by Twinb1983 on 04-14-2004 @ 09:46:16 PM
    This is a Bob Dylan cover"

    Yes it is, but Pearl Jam does an excellent job on it.
    Stephen Flowon October 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree, I don't really know the Bob Dylan version, but this one kicks ass!
    Shadowbitchon May 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe Benaroya Hall 2003 version (with two guitars & eddies voice on form) is fanastic - there is an older one by pearl jam from a Bob Dylan tribute concert in early ninties thats worth lookin at too. Bob Dylans version is on the album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan".it has several protest songs on it and if you like these lyrics you love that album.greatest poet ever is bob
    JordyWordyon July 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentpearl jam does a great job with this song
    richie8092on March 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great. The last line always sticks with me. "And I'll stand over your grave till I'm sure that you're dead"
    T-Crashon April 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhoah, this song is amazing. I've seen the early 90's version and Ed's voice is grand and creepy. The last verse is scary, but seriously what he's singing about (Bob Dylan) is just dazzling. Love the "But there's one thing I know, though I'm younger than you,
    Even Jesus would never forgive what you do."
    and the last line too. I think the meaning is obvious, it's an anti-war song. Once again PJ do a great cover.
    Given-To-Flyon September 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbob dylan is one of the greatest and so is pearl jam-i also think pearl jam does covers better than anybody,eddies voice is fantastic and mcready and gossard kick ass at guitar
    bob_longon September 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBD versions better but im gonna make my point on both this one and the Bob Dylan version:
    Anyone i play this song for that hasnt heard it before thinks its about Iraq... ITS ABOUT VIETNAM. So obviously Iraq truely is another vietnam.
    :)4thecameraon March 06, 2007   Link

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