"Bitter Peace" as written by and Jeffery John Hanneman....
Initiate blood purge
Coalition in massacre
Mechanized high tech
Whole sale death in effect

Mutually assured
Destruction will occur
Genocide revised
Same pain through diverse eyes

Can't stop the warring factions
Hostile from the start
Always war always
Ending bitter peace

Not the last third war
Blood spills for evermore
Patriot hard line
Lay siege till the end of time

No longer kill your brother
Just slaughter one another
Watch for the deadly other
This sibling is a fucker

Can't stop the warring factions

Global tension starts aggression
Peace breaks out then
Breeds contempt unrest

Without a reason to fight
A time to kill
Sick lust for skeletal flesh
A taste for all decay

Enter the solider blind
Stalking the faceless hunt
There is no conscience in this world
That can be reached for peace

Why face the human question
The need to hate
Dead stare though cynical eyes
A trust in only pain

Murder within the skin
Engrave the art of war
Become death's vile parade
March on embrace the violent mind

Can't stop the warring factions

Global tension starts aggression
Peace breaks out then
Breeds contempt unrest
One cryptic reason for life murder

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"Bitter Peace" as written by Jeffery John Hanneman

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    General CommentI don't think that anyone else, writes lyrics, that say more about certain aspects of the human experience as Slayer. This can be interpreted as an anti-war song, but it isn't one per se. What it is, is a very truthful description about the impulse to go to war, and the joy that is experienced in war. It is saying that these darker sides of humanity, are still part of us. I could say this about so many other Slayer songs, that it is brilliant, because it does not judge. It demasks something we don't want to look at, for what it is. The judgement is for us to make.

    It is not about the tensions that people claim lead to war, it's about something deep inside of us, that makes war possible. "One, cryptic meaning to life, muder," strips war of all it's pretenses, and states, that war IS murder, that people go to war to kill, and that is not something that other explanations for war (such as claiming global tensions between different people) does not address.

    There are better anti-war songs, because this is not an anti-war song. Anti-war songs say "war is bad," this song says "a truth of war, is that people enjoy it," or rather, that there are aspects of war that people like, and to understand war, me must not just look at specific things that instigate war in the newspapers and history books, but ourseleves.

    The older I get, the more pacifisic I am in my own philosophy, and I have nothing agaist being anti-war. But this songs has no judgement, it strives for the truth. It is anti-war, in that it demasks war for the stupid butchary that is is, and ironically, that message is conveyed all the more powerfully, by the songs refusal to condem war outright. It says war is murder, but not that war is bad. That is something we project onto the song.

    Oh, and this is my favorite song ever.
    audreycohnon June 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS BADASS song....is about tensions and war around the globe.....think: the kosovo thing, or terrorism, ya know....that whole mess. jeff hanneman is the war junky in slayer...for all you posers to know.
    ixequilibriustumon June 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol, nice ix =P
    i must agree -_-;
    but its fucking awsome song -^.^-

    - S l a y e r ' s A F u c k i n g G o d -
    sexi_sugar_dropon August 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't get me wrong, I do like this song, but I think as an anti-war song there are better written, more concise (specific even?) anti-war songs. I think these lyrics although nonetheless cool, strike me as being somewhat meaningless and generic.
    Dressed2Depresson February 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIntro is fucking badass.
    KillRapon September 17, 2009   Link

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