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Friday, January 5, 2007

"Lives in the Balance"

Number of Iraqi's dead: 655,000
Number of American soldiers dead: 3006

"Lives in the Balance"
By Jackson Brown

I've been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear
You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that youve seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war

And theres a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs

On the radio talk shows and the t.v.
You hear one thing again and again
How the u.s.a. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends--
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally cant take any more
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
There are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

Theres a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we cant even say the names

They sell us the president the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars
I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But theyre never the ones to fight or to die
And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire


1 comment:

I love Munich said...

"Number of Iraqi's dead: 655,000
Number of American soldiers dead: 3006"

WHAT FOR?? For more freedom? Democracy? Less terror? WHERE?? What improved? Oh sorry ... I know - the bank accounts of a WHOLE LOT of people added "zeros" after the initial number!
That's all? I am afraid so ...
Countless tears, suffering, misery, mamed people on both sides. We saw a movie clip yesterday evening about the braindamaged Americans who - conveniently - are kept in the background ... it is a HORROR!! I feel for EVERY SINGLE FAMILY, BOTH sides, who griefs and mourns ... and pray SOMETHING will happen which forces the decisionmakers FINALLY to understand IT IS TIME TO END THIS NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!!