And so once again
My dear Johnny, my dear friend
And so once again, you are fightin' us all
And when I ask you why
You raise your sticks and cry, and I fall
Oh, my friend
How did you come
To trade the fiddle for the drum

You say I have turned
Like the enemies you've earned
But I can remember
All the good things you are
And so I ask you, please
Can I help you find the peace and the star
Oh, my friend
What time is this
To trade the handshake for the fist

And so once again
Oh, America my friend
And so once again
You are fighting us all
And when we ask you why
You raise your sticks and cry and we fall
Oh, my friend
How did you come
To trade the fiddle for the drum

You say we have turned
Like the enemies you've earned
But we can remember
All the good things you are
And so we ask you please
Can we help you find the peace and the star
Oh, my friend
We have all come
To fear the beating of your drum


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    I listened to this a lot when the war first started. It's amazing how applicable it is even now.

    a-girlon April 19, 2003   Link
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    has anyone listened to A Perfect Circle's version? It's so cool and creepy. Like a-girl said, it's really appropriate for these screwed up modern times.

    pumkinhedon November 08, 2004   Link
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    The lyrics are genius!

    moonlaspe_vertigoon August 02, 2005   Link
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    yeah but A Perfect Circle sucks. this song is so beautiful...

    xx8x8x8x8xxx8on January 31, 2006   Link

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