Lying awake at night I wipe the sweat
from my brow
But it's not the fear 'cos
I'd rather go now

Trying to visualize the horrors that
will lay ahead
The desert sand mound a burial ground

When it comes to the time
Are we partners in crime?
When it comes to the time
We'll be ready to die

God let us go now and finish what's
to be done
Thy Kingdom Come
Thy shall be done... on earth

Trying to justify to ourselves the
reasons to go
Should we live and let live
Forget or forgive

But how can we let them go on this way?
The reign of terror corruption must end
And we know deep down there's
no other way
No trust, no reasoning, no more to say

Afraid to shoot strangers
Afraid to shoot strangers

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    Its about a kid being draughted off to war, and not being able to understand the reason for war and why ppl kill each other. The original album was 'a real live one', btw, they released 2 albums origianally, 'a real dead one' and 'a real live one', then made it a double cd - 'a real live dead one'!

    the_apparitionon July 01, 2002   Link
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    Bruce says in A Real Live One that this is about an ordinary person that doesn't wanna kill anybody...

    RnngBldon June 16, 2002   Link
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    He also says war is a bunch of bullshit. And its a real live dead one btw.

    TheJordanmanon June 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    I think it's at Live at Donnigton, or maybe Live After Death, that Bruce says it's about the Falklands War. That was Britain Vs. Argentina when the Argentinions invaded the Falklands, for those of you who may not have heard of it.

    UpTheIronson April 28, 2004   Link
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    Dear UpTheIrons, it can NEVER be in Live After Death (1985) while the Fear Of The Dark album was in the 1992, the song IS about war (mostly Gulf War I if you have watched the videoclip), but could be taken as war in general. have a nice day all of you

    CerberuS_of_HadeSon June 24, 2004   Link
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    I love this song!!!!

    fab666on November 20, 2004   Link
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    I don't see this song as being about war in general, or about the Gulf War. I interpret this song to be about revolution in one's own country.

    "The reign of terror corruption must end"

    This line suggests a fight based on principle, rather than a soldier being pushed into a war of his government's choosing.

    BullzEye101on December 26, 2004   Link
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    I always interpreted this song to be about how horrible war is, and yet at the same time acknowledging that sometimes it is necessary:

    "But how can we let them go on this way? The reign of terror corruption must end And we know deep down there's no other way "

    paulothemanioon March 12, 2005   Link
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    Bruce says "next song is about a war - just to make a mental note that war is bullshit and people that make people go to war are usually politicians and the people that get killed are usually ordinary people. A song out an ordinary person that doesn't want to kill anybody. "

    NJJon July 01, 2005   Link
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    I have yet to hear a better explanation of why we go to war. The final four lines seem to offer it most clearly, pointing out that no, we don't want to, but what's the alternative? We know, deep down, there's no other way. No trust, no reasoning, no more to say.

    And then the four greatest riffs ever written kick in.

    pyrewebon May 20, 2008   Link

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