We took the highway till the road went black
We marked Truth Or Consequences on our map*
A voice drifted up from the radio
We saw the voice from long ago

Who'll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Whose blood will spill, whose heart will break
Who'll be the last to die for a mistake

The kids asleep in the backseat
We're just countin' the miles you and me
We don't measure the blood we've drawn anymore
We just stack the bodies outside the door

Who'll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Whose blood will spill, whose heart will break
Who'll be the last to die for a mistake

The wise men were all fools
What to do

The sun sets in flames as the city burns
Another day gone down as the night turns
And I hold you here in my heart
As things fall apart

A downtown window flushed with light
Faces of the dead at five (faces of the dead at five)
A martyr's silent eyes
Petition the drivers as we pass by

Who'll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Whose blood will spill, whose heart will break
Who'll be the last to die

Who'll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Darlin' your tyrants and kings form the same fate
Strung up at your city gates
And you're the last to die for a mistake


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  • +3
    General Comment'last to die' is a john kerry reference. Kerry used that to describe the Vietnam and the Iraq War. It describes the tragedy of being the very last person to die for stupid, unecessary wars
    wesg01on October 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe problem with your reasoning matkojebca, is that this war was a farce from the beginning. If there was reliable intelligence about Saddam having WMD's which later proved to be mistaken, you would be absolutely right. The problem is that there wasn't any reliable intelligence from the beginning. This war was started under false pretenses, and the 'goal' of 'reforming' Iraq proved to be a major mistake. I think that's the point of this song.
    HCNon September 15, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningWhile the lyrics seem to be about our approach to war in general and not specific to any one conflict, the term "Last to Die" references the Vietnam war. The term recalls the statements made by John Kerry in his April 1971 testimony before subcommittees on the war.

    Kerry referencing how the war never seems to come to an end.....

    "Each day to facilitate the process by which the United States washes her hands of Vietnam someone has to give up his life so that the United States doesn't have to admit something that the entire world already knows, so that we can't say that we have made a mistake. Someone has to dies so that President Nixon won't be, and these are his words, "the first President to lose a war. We are asking Americans to think about that because how do you ask a man to be the last man to dies in Vietnam? How do ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? But we are trying to do that, and we are doing it with thousands of rationalizations."
    - John Kerry
    bmckeonon January 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about the war in Iraq
    MMingEon September 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed. A good song, keeping in his tradition.

    Just sounds too much of a dead ringer. But he did say this was again a political album.
    ncc74656mon October 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. It sounds like a song about war. Great
    gabederoseon October 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are several mistakes in the lyrics above, most notably the last few lines, which should read:
    "Darlin' will tyrants and kings fall to the same fate,
    Strung up at your city gates...".
    It is a question.
    Chimmaon November 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line "The wise men were all fools... what to do." It simultaneously tells the story and the hopelessness of it. Very political, but that's one of the best part about Bruce. He is simultaneously a poet and an activist. Who would want it any other way, as he says in Jungleland, "And man the poets down here don't write nothing at all... they just stand back and let it all be."
    ScubaDooon December 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy that logic should we attack every country in the world as they may perhaps bomb us, matkojebca?
    ScubaDooon December 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was about Katrina hurricane and its dramatic consequences...
    benderbendingrodriguezon January 11, 2012   Link

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