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Thursday, April 24. 2008
"Come you masters of war
Amazingly, it has taken us more than three years to finally post "Masters of War," one of Dylan's better known tunes, and a perennial favorite of the Left. Written in 1962 for The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, it is still played frequently in concert today. A 1996 version is below.
You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins
How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do
Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul
And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead
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Thousands of us out here have long wondered why a supposed "centrist" site would promote a flower-wearing hippie peacenik like Bob Dylan.
Where are the tough singers of yore?! The ones who knew strong American virtues and the value of freedom?
Musicians who wrote such patriotic words as these:
Jim Bowie lay dyin', his blood and his powder were dry
But his knife he drew ready, to take him a few in reply
Young Davy Crocket lay laughin' and dyin', the blood and the sweat in his eyes
For Texas and freedom, no man was more willing to die...
Pretty stirring stuff, huh? And instead we get Mr. Anti-War Peacenik Hippie Activist, Bob Dylan.
Let's hear some more from this rousing, patriotic songwriter, shall we?
A courier came to a battle once bloody and loud
And found only skin and bones where he once left a crowd
Fear not little darlin' of dyin', if the world be sovereign and free
For we'll fight to the last for as long as liberty be...
Hey, up Santa Anna, they're killin' your soldiers below
So the rest of Texas will know
And remember the Alamo.
Yep, they just don't make real songwriters like that anymore. Oh, who was he?
Glad you asked.
The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses." She's got a baseball bat and she's yelling, 'you want a piece of me?' "
This Dylan song sucks, is ignorant of history and if he sang it in China he'd be in the darkest hole in hell...forever
but Dylan is great ...yeah.... this is anti war agit prop.
It reeks of "Freedom comes free, no downpayment , no commitment. And all you that fight are evil..yeah it sucks.
It's a performance, too.
I will not refuse to post certain Dylan songs just because people here may disagree with the lyrics. 95% of Dylan's work is non-political - and since 1965, it's more like 99%, with "message songs" few and far between. We attempt to cover the whole spectrum of work here on the basis of the overall quality of the songs, and how they stand up in live performance, not on the content of the lyrics.
Reporter: How many people who labor in the same musical vineyard in which you toil - how many are protest singers? That is, people who use their music, and use the songs to protest the, uh, social state in which we live today: the matter of war, the matter of crime, or whatever it might be.
Bob Dylan: Um...how many?
Reporter: Yes. How many?
Bob Dylan: Uh, I think there's about, uh...136.
Reporter: You say about 136, or you mean exactly 136?
Bob Dylan: Uh, it's either 136 or 142.
you guys probably support Serrrano's Piss Christ and burning the American flag as "performance art
Hey, It's a song!
#2.1 BD on 2008-04-24 14:07
are you really that shallow that you think we buy that?
Who's this 'we' you're talking about... is that a turd you got in your pocket. I think the smell of it might be making you a bit nasty.
Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
dylan is one f'd up mutha fck'er
put him on loan to zimbabwe for about ten years
We are a commune of inquiring...yada, yada ..COMRADES, living on a commune
You guys sure get your panties in a bunch over a song. Calling Dylan "Mr. Anti-War Peacenik Hippie Activist" is simply ignorant. This definitley isn't one of his best, but it's not bad. Also keep in mind that he's criticizing war mongers, not run-of-the-mill politicians, or soliders (not that I would think of equating those two).
Good grief, my friends!
Will I now be finally forced to admit the truth that Maggie's Farm is a pacifist, hippie, free-love, pot-growing commie commune where we all live on welfare or mental disability?
Hey, go easy on Bob - yeah it's one of his more political songs but war's never something to be approached lightly or jingoistically no matter what side you're on. I think he's not too far off from what a noted centrist said a while back:
"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience...In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." - Eisenhower, 1961
Still like Ike?
Glad you cleared that up... I was beginning to worry.