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Guns N' Roses Civil War Lyrics

Last updated: 05/19/2011 11:00:00 AM

(Slash / McKagan / Rose)
Special Thanks Niven / James

What we've got here is failure to communicate.
Some men you just can't reach...
So, you get what we had here last week,
Which is the way he wants it !
Well, he gets it !
N' I don't like it any more than you men.

Look at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they've always done before

Look at the hate we're breeding
Look at the fear we're feeding
Look at the lives we're leading
The way we've always done before

My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can't deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars

D'you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said "Peace could last forever"
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can't trust freedom
When it's not in your hands
When everybody's fightin'
For their promised land

I don't need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
You're power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
I don't need your civil war

Look at the shoes you're filling
Look at the blood we're spilling
Look at the world we're killing
The way we've always done before
Look in the doubt we've wallowed
Look at the leaders we've followed
Look at the lies we've swallowed
And I don't want to hear no more

My hands are tied
For all I've seen has changed my mind
But still the wars go on as the years go by
With no love of God or our human rights
and all these dreams are swept aside
By bloody hands of the hypnotized
Who carry the cross of homicide
And history bears the scars of our civil wars

We practice selective annihilation
Of mayors and government officials
For example to create a vacuum
Then we fill that vacuum
As popular war advances
Peace is closer

I don't need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
You're power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
And I don't need your civil war
I don't need your civil war
I don't need your civil war
You're power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
I don't need your civil war
I don't need one more war

I don't need one more war
Whaz so civil 'bout war anyway?

Thanks to charlyn for submitting Civil War Lyrics.

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This goes on my page | Reviewer: hans reihner | 5/18/11

This song is strog. I was in the war and never get out , can tell you and last sentance of this song "Whaz so civil 'bout war anyway?" tell's all who understand as I do. Whole song and lyrics are very good and really true . This will go onto my page


ahead of its time | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/31/11

I've recently come to realize that market monetary system we live in is inherently flawed and therefore doomed at some point. Whether they realized this when they wrote the song or not I don't know, but I think thats what its really about. "The billions shift from side to side" is certainly telling. Until we get a grip on the reality that we are exhausting the resources of the planet for the profit of a small group of exceedingly wealthy people, we will continue to have unneccessary war waged by the "brainwashed pride" of the not-so-weatlhy. Maybe generations from now they will look back and say how could these people listen to this song and not truely understand what it meant? Every Civilazation before ours; Greek, Roman, Aztec, Inca, Egyptian, have used money-market systems and eventually manufactured so much false debt the system collapsed....sound familiar.

Just think about this | Reviewer: Rad | 5/29/10

Just think if the french didnt help the americans during the war of indapendance the uk would have won so how many wars do u think would be averted.There would be no one willing to stand up against britain or the usa so all u french ppl caused a whole lot o wars
Am gona get alot of hate male for this lol

gnr fan forever | Reviewer: ashley gosnell | 4/16/10

hey im a really huge fan of gnr and would do anything if they got back together but some people out there haft to realize not to think axls stupid because of the band breaking up now am i saying it wasnt his fault no i am not but the fued is slash wanted to sing on some songs with axl witch everybody knows his terf is guitar no one can play better if he would of stayed on guitar and back ground vocals gnr would be alright and this song reminds me of ahistory class but you dont fall asleep you rock out

This is the true! | Reviewer: sarah | 3/10/09

Maybe it´s sound weird but I think that this song talks a real true, cuse civil wars are not a good thing like the war in Gaza (Israel) that was like a civil war cuse the Israel army shot gaza but a lot of people in Gaza like israel and they are israel civils.
but hey it's what's are civils with out wars?!

serendeptiy | Reviewer: fuzzyapples0 | 11/20/08

mr. "da man" when will you learn that it is nothing but our human nature and that you cannot ask of more? us as human's, we're pure, like a sweet sweet child. innocent and ready. yet there is nothing more evil and tormenting than a child. no, we are not a great civilization as a whole. but 'tis our nature to fight. answer me this, does anyone here alive today still remember the Armenian Genocide, eh? we're simply like cuddlefish. you have one alone, it is peaceful, calm, serene, at rest. you put one with a group of twenty, they turn into ravenous cannibalistic creatures fighting to the death. Howevere, isolationism is an impossible dream in today's world.

Important Song | Reviewer: Ray | 6/20/08

This song reminds me of so much. It reminds me of how so many people have died for their freedom. It reminds me of all my uncles and my grandpa had to go through a war or two while losing so many friends. This song has inspired me more then any other song in the world. I have in fact gone through D-day and the rest pf World War II. Thank you Guns N' Roses for giving me a song that i can lok back on and remember all of my friends that have died in the war. Thank you.

warriors, farewell | Reviewer: da man | 12/11/07

Dear Humanity,
When will you learn that the guy in that other country is just a guy like you? When will you learn that every enemy deutralized is another widow or orphan? When will you ever learn that you are destroying yourselves with these war and violence? Did you not learn from the tragedies of the many historical wars that there are no winners, only those who manage to survive? It amazes me how you can deliberately aim a gun at another human being and squeeze that trigger while keeping your sanity. If humanity keeps all these wars and conflicts up for much longer, future species and cicilizations will dig up the fossilized remnants of not a great civilization; but instead the dead husk of a people that were too ignorent to stop their own self-destruction. Before god can have mercy on mankind, mankind must do so as well.

<3 | Reviewer: Andariel | 10/6/07

Yep, Axl is great, but I can't forget that he was the cause of guns n roses' break up. :/ He thought he was the Guns himself, and everyone but him was unimportant. If he would have not been stupid, the band would still be making music with Slash, Mat and all the guys. :/

Awesome | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/19/07

Great song. I wonder how long it'll take until an Iraq protest group marches on the white house with this song blasting out of loudspeakers.