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.
“I think you will find, when your death takes its toll, all the money you made, will never buy back your soul.” These are lyrics of a well-known folk song “Masters of War” written by Bob Dylan in 1962. This song holds a strong anti-war stance because of the harsh one that sounds very disapproving. It is trying to make pro- war people feel guilty and makes them think that they themselves caused so much destruction in the war. These lyrics are contrary to the foreign policies of the Vietnam War because this song is showing that the War itself is causing so much destruction to these countries that the war would be worse than communism in the lives of the Vietnamese. It is stating that one could not justify the war which is what the foreign policies seem to do. What are the costs of war? Masters of War explains that one should not be proud of all of the deaths and destruction of cities that come from war. It even metaphorically states, your money will not be enough to buy back your soul. This is saying that one can never be forgiven of this mistake and that even when one thinks that they can live with the devastation of a war, they will soon realize that the war takes a toll on them too. I do not think that this is true. I feel that the Vietnam War was justified to a certain extent. This song also seemed like the blame for the war was placed on the families and the soldiers. However, some of these soldiers and family members did not want to be a part of the war and therefore it is not their fault entirely. I feel as though people should be supportive of and respect the soldiers that devote their lives to the country. This song is targeting the government a lot too but I think that the government was going to war to protect a lot of the Vietnamese countries for the greater good.
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