Behind the flag of nations

The armies march to war

Each claiming God on their side

That He’s worth dying for

I’ve seen it on the newsreels

On TV in my lounge

We are immune from suffering

If it’s not on our home ground

Fire and blood are crimson

Life is what we borrow

The flame of peace flickers and dies

And with it dies tomorrow

The battles, politicians claim

Are fought for a just cause

They sit inside their ivory towers

Safe behind closed doors

They maim and kill the innocents

Each one of them a hero

While those leaders toast their victories

Innocents face Year Zero

I don’t mind to admit it

Speak out loud and take the rap

That all the tyrant’s fight for

Are just lines drawn on a map


Tell it to the mothers

Of conflicts stolen youth

Say they didn’t die in vain

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