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Can war itself think? Speak? Here’s what it might have to say.



I have seen the scattered legions of battle weary men
breaking ranks from burning tanks
who never go home again
I have been declared
on parchments of gold
yet taken lives while leaving wives
with their stories still untold

I'm the price
for being free
to be all that
you can be
tie a ribbon
'round the old oak tree
remember me
I am the war

I have raped the local high school
and cleared the general store
just when you think I'm over
I come running back for more
I have carved my niche’ on headstones
and left footprints in parades
once we’ve met you don't forget
the memory never fades

I take but
don't give back
In every park
I leave a plaque
I never call
when I come back
always in black
I am the war

So you say you want a revolution?
now that's a special deal!
just find a cause and take a pause
before your final meal
I can be civil
and I’ve been around the world
and left my bloody legacy
on every flag that is unfurled

Oh I don't care
who is to blame
I just load and
take my aim
and if you never
heard my name
always the same
I am the war

Oh yes it’s me
in flesh and blood
I never get enough
I beg for more
I have rung the tolling bell
and been sung by troubadours
don't be shocked if when you knock
that I meet you at the door

Oh, I've seen the
few the proud
not afraid to
cry out loud
I stand out
in a crowd
under a shroud

And if you wonder
why the thunder
and the fire never cease
just ask peace
I am the war


from Fan Favorites (compilation), track released April 1, 2010
Music & Lyrics by Arlon Bennett




Arlon Bennett New York

Arlon Bennett; Daddy, Eagle Scout, baseball connoisseur, and all-around Renaissance guy with Tuscan roots, is an Americana songsmith writing songs that recall Harry Chapin and vintage James Taylor, but with an eloquence and honesty all his own. A home-made guitarist with a self-effacing style, he has a gift of storytelling from the heart that reveals the gold nuggets in the river of everyday life. ... more

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