"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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    Song MeaningThe line "the centre cannot hold" is a reference to the poem "The Second Coming" by W.B. Yeats, which contains the lines:

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."

    The idea of impending anarchy fits well with the general theme of the song.

    The Age of Reason, also known as the Enlightenment, was the 18th-century philosophical and intellectual movement that championed many ideas central to modern Western thought -- individual liberty, religious tolerance, democracy, scientific discovery, and so forth. "Put out the lights on the Age of Reason" implies a return to superstition, violence and tyranny.

    The "Valley of the Shadow of Death" is a reference to Psalm 23, verse 4:

    "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."

    In the psalm, God is presented as a shepherd leading a mortal safely through the valley; in the song, the opposite is happening.

    "Give us liberty or give us death" is a version of the phase "Give me liberty, or give me death!", attributed to the US founding father Patrick Henry, in a speech made to the Virginia Convention in 1775.

    The album "The Love of Hopeless Causes" was released in 1993, While the image of the young men in their "makeshift uniforms" fighting a pointless war for a "sacred mother tongue" and a flag is probably intended as a general image for the futility of patriotic war, it may have been at least partly inspired by the war in the former Yugoslavia (1992-1995).
    slamon August 02, 2018   Link

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