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Favorite Anti-War Songs?

You don't have to be a pacifist to find war despicable, even when there's no better option. And since even well before the 60's, songs in opposition to war have been common and often poignant. In the above-mentioned 60's, antiwar songs became a very big part of the rocl/pop music world, and throughout the music scene's many massive changes, they've stuck around.

So...what are your favorites? Here's one of mine, by New Model Army:

Lyrics (from the album version...Justin Sullivan extemporizes a bit in this excellent live performance):

Today, as you listen to this song
Another 394, 000 children were born into this world
They break like waves of hunger and desire upon these eroded shores
Carrying the curses of history and a history yet unwritten
The oil burns in thick black columns, the buzz saws echo through the forest floor
They shout give us our fair share, give us justice
Here comes the war

On a grey morning to the south of here
Two young men in makeshift uniforms peer into the misty light
And figures dart behind the trees
As a snap of rifle rounds echoes out across the fields
They hardly know their sacred mother tongue but they know their duty
To defend the flag hanging limp and bloody above the village church
While a thousand miles away, in a warehouse complex down by the river,
Young money men play paintball games
Here comes the war - put out the lights on the Age of Reason

So blow out the candle and tell us another of those great stories,
the ones about serial killers. Let dreams flow into savage times.
Do you hear the sirens scream across the city?
We've had three hot nights in succession - the riot season is here again
Dear Lord, lead us back into the Valley of the Shadow of Death,
Here comes the war. Did you think we were born in peaceful times?

Faster, faster, like a whirling dervish spinning round
Faster, faster, until the Centre cannot Hold
You screamed give us Liberty or give us Death
Now you've got both, what do you want next?
Here comes the war - put out the lights on the Age of Reason.

Hillary shows just how much she cares about the beleaguered middle class:

Amazing last-minute equalizer the goalkeeper!

Last night's National Women's Soccer League match between the Portland Thorns and FC Kansas City went right down to the wire, with Portland scoring an equalizer with literally seconds to play in stoppage time. The amazing thing is that the goal was scored by Portland's goalkeeper, Michelle Betos. Betos came forward for a corner kick at the FCKC end, a fairly common move when a team has nothing to lose and desperately needs the goal. It seldom works. But last night, this happened:


That's a great header for anyone, not just "for a keeper," good enough that Abby Wambach, the absolute mistress of the diving header, tweeted her congratulations. I was fortunate enough to see it in person (Thorns season ticket holder). The stadium was absolute bonkers for a good ten minutes, and with the Thorns drawing by far the largest crowds in all of women's club football - over 15k at this game - it was a hell of a racket.

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