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The F Word (f-o-l-k)

Between John Lennon's Birthday, and a post by bellatrys about a particular song from the sixties, I have had a song stuck in my head.

The song that bellatrys posted, under the title "a song from '63" was Bob Dylan's Masters of War, from the album Freewheelin', which was a huge huge favorite of mine.

That kind of aware music is not in the kind of favor it was then, but it isn't gone. I would like to give this song by Stephen Fearing to her, since she inadvertently gave it back to me today. And I would like to send her also to see the lyrics for Rave On Captain which is a little more specifically political.

A song from 1997 -
Man Of War

The war was nearly over when the general came
To tour the wounded soldiers in their beds
And he walked among the suffering and the amputees
Like he was an angel...

Most of us were innocents before we heard his name
Too young for pints and whiskey in the jar
But we were soaked in the tradition of the open flame
We were just sparks in the darkness of the man o' war

The Man o' War, painting ancient battles
See the farmers in the trenches
Where the cowherds are the cattle
Every generation wipes the blood off of the saddle
For the man o' war

How many thousand years since the start of time
Has the general led his people by the nose?
Corporate inspiration and a bloody mind
That's how this game goes

He took me from the playground showing me photographs
Corpses stacked like cordwood on a floor
He said, "Your father and his father and on down the line
You were all indispensable to the man o' war

The cheap broken china of civilians
The anguish of a father breaking down
The long lines of people and possessions
Searching for a child amongst the crowd

And the eyes just dry out if you don't close them
And the heart becomes immune to the sounds
I lost my religion to a rifle
I'll talk to any deity now

The war was nearly over when the general came
To tour the wounded soldiers in their beds
And he walked among the suffering and the amputees
Like he was an angel
Like some kind of angel

hear clip here
©Stephen Fearing 1997
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