Wishing War Was Over

from Songs For Topical Use by Neil Conway

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I wish that war was over

To you the battle starter,
when will your deed be done?
You make a mighty martyr
of a lonely mother's son
Now the conflict doesn't end
How will your peace be won?
How do you make a friend
at the barrel of a gun?

I wish that war was over
I wish that war was over

Who are you to judge
with your deeds of pain and terror?
You point a crooked finger
without looking in the mirror
All the death and suffering
that the innocent endure
will not make you or me
or anybody more secure

I wish that war was over...

The world on television
makes everything so near
We watch it at an angle
spangled in fear
But you can point them out
those selfish hateful lies
We're walking through a fog
We're in for a surprise

I wish that war was over...

There's no moral to the story
but there's money to be made
The ones who want destruction
are the ones who will be paid
When business starts ka-booming
they can-always find a loan
if there's monetary value
in that military zone

I wish that war was over
this has gone on for too long
I wish there was no reason
for this song
this may not be quite
what you were looking for
but as long as you are listening
this about that war

I wish that war was over!


from Songs For Topical Use, released October 22, 2013


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