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Masters Of War: "You play with our world like it was your little toy" ...

Let me ask you one question. Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness ? Do you think that it could?

Will this song ever die? "Masters of War" is a song by Bob Dylan, one of the most powerful denunciations of war written over the winter of 1962–63. The song's melody was adapted from the traditional "Nottamun Town". Dylan's lyrics were originally a protest against the Cold War nuclear arms build-up of the early 1960s.

Puppets are changing but the Masters of War are always behaving the same. Every single line of this 56 year old lyrics (below) is still so valid today... "You play with our world like it was your little toy" ... "Never again?"

Read the lyrics (below) and check the more contemporary covers by Eddie Vadder of Pearl Jam recorded in 1993, and Ed Sheeran's acoustic version, as well as another, live Bob Dylan's performance.

FULL LYRICS :

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly.

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain.

You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion'
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud.

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
That 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 over your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead.

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