Masters Of War Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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Come you masters of war
You that build the big 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.

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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.







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Masters of War please add to previous review. Thanks. | Reviewer: Glory Cloud Revelation | 8/10/13

P.S. (to be added to the last Glory Cloud Review of Masters of War) All those who come to the Lord with all of their heart, sorry for what they have done will be forgiven. The Blood of Jesus is powerful enough to cleanse the vilest soul.

Masters of War | Reviewer: Glory Cloud Revelation | 8/10/13

Wikipedia Facts About the Vietnam War:Vietnam War
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"The Vietnam War (Vietnamese: Chiến tranh Việt Nam, although in Vietnam this period of American involvement is known as the American War, Vietnamese: Chiến tranh Mỹ), also known as the Second Indochina War,[26] was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955[A 1] to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.The Vietnam War called into question the U.S. Army doctrine. Marine Corps General Victor H. Krulak heavily criticised Westmoreland's attrition strategy, calling it "wasteful of American lives... with small likelihood of a successful outcome."[344] In addition, doubts surfaced about the ability of the military to train foreign forces.
Between 1965 and 1975, the United States spent $111 billion on the war ($686 billion in FY2008 dollars).[346] This resulted in a large federal budget deficit.Main article: Vietnam War casualties 58,220 U.S. service members."
Glory Cloud Revelation correction: According to this the Vietnam War lasted 20 years,costing America 111 billion dollars, and 58,222 americans died in it. (And let's not forget the 3 young college student protesters at Kent State University who were shot) That generation believed they had a right to stand for what they thought was right and were brave enough to do it. Again, please don't misunderstand, Glory Cloud Revelation believes in helping countries to be free from oppression, but when we do, we should do everything we can to train and protect our soldiers. The Vietnam War could have been ended much quicker with fewer American deaths is our belief. The cry for peace was echoing in the land through families and friends in America who saw 58,000 dead bodies coming back to us. "Blowing in the Wind" by Bob Dylan expresses this beautifully, along with Masters of War. Thank you, Bob Dylan.

Masters of War | Reviewer: Chaplain Marilyn | 7/31/13

This is Chaplain Marilyn's reply to Reviewer:Kwac 6/26/13 It is understandable why you would not see much of a relationship from what I wrote in reference to "JD's Reincarnation Review of Masters of War 4/17/13" unless you read "JD's Reincarnation Review of Masters of War 4/17/13. (As far as a direct review of
Masters of War, Chaplain Marilyn agrees with Glory Cloud Revelation's Review of it)

In reply to Kwac | Reviewer: John Barry | 7/21/13


Obviously you're either mad about something or too narrow minded to understand history or anything in general, this song is a anti-Vietnam war, anti-war song, it was written as protest to the Cold War in the early 60s, which in fact the Vietnam War is apart of and about the outcome of a war that does nothing but bring more chaos or there shouldn't be a war in the first place.

Rubbish | Reviewer: Kwac | 6/26/13

To all those who suggest that this is an anti-Vietnam war song, it was recorded before there was opposition to the war in the USA (this came later, from '67 onwards).

It is a song about the commercialization of war - ALL war, young men die and old men make money.

It is Dylan's bitterest song and should be recognised as an anthem.

What relence the comments by 'Chaplain Marilyn' have in this discussion are, I haven't got a clue.

Masters of War | Reviewer: Chaplain Marilyn | 4/25/13

Thankyou for giving equal space for a Biblical view RE: JD's Reincarnation Review of Masters of War 4/17/13 We live in a democracy, he has a right to his opinion. and I have the right to mine based on the scriptures of the Holy Bible, the living word. ... It says in Hebrews 9:27 "...It is appointed onto man once to die, but after this the judgment." (for those of us who have received Jesus for our Saviour, the judgment for our sins was put on Him. Therefore, we won't be judged for our sins. But our works shall be judged whether what we did will be rewarded or burned (so it is not remembered any more) ...The word of God in the Holy Bible tells us the Lord's way for protecting ourselves, and our children from the evil that is in this world. He says, in Ephesians, Chapter 6:11- to "Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery cars of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching with perseverance...let your requests be made known unto the Lord. ...Jesus said in John Chapter 10:10 "The thief comes to steal, kill and to destroy", but "I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly". People get in trouble when they accuse God for what the devil is doing. Yes, He could have stopped it, and sometimes He does, but He will do it His way. Some of His ways are too mysterious for finding out, He says He'll reveal some things to us only in Heaven. However, He makes it clear in Hebrews 6:12 and 11 Peter 1:4 that the promises (his word for protection, healing, salvation, our needs being met, etc) are received by faith and patience. "Whereby are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises: that by these ye may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."...be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Masters of War | Reviewer: Glory Cloud Revelation | 4/25/13

In reading some of the other reviews, I feel that some of it is coming out of misunderstanding...This song I believe was written because of what many young men and women felt about the way the Vietnamese War was being handled. The United States could have ended that war sooner than in 10 years. Instead, many young men from this generation were sent there without the back up they needed to win and get it over with fast. It's not wrong to try to rescue people from something like the enslavement of communism, if they want us to help them to have freedom. But what was wrong is not doing everything we could to protect our own when they risked their lives to do it. The way it dragged on for 10 years, with many young americans shedding their blood, there rose up a protest from that generation. It seemed like to them, that their friends were being sent to the slaughter field. Why? Who knows why!

No choice but to be good | Reviewer: JD | 4/17/13

"a 6 year old girl is raped by a 45 year old man, and god watches this happen... seriously? freewill?"

If you believe in reincarnation, and that everything travels in circles, and you get back what give out, then this makes perfect sence for the soul to learn thru empathy. Who knows what atrocities the girls soul committed in a past incarnation?
The belief in reincarnation predates any church's control philosophy, and is a perfect way to teach,with a "soul cage",trapped on this prison planet. I belive all evil doers will be held accountable by the creater.

Should be in the top 10 today.... until people stop the insanity. | Reviewer: emccready | 4/13/13

This is a wonderful song and should be sung at Thatcher's funeral as well as the funerals for George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, and that horrible Rumsfeld. As well as for Obama and Clinton and all those macho leaders that think making war makes them look strong. It takes a much stronger man / woman with bigger balls that these slackers and AWOLers to make PEACE and enforce it with peaceful means.

An interesting song | Reviewer: Another Anon | 3/24/13

Right. North Vietnam WAS the aggressor in seeking unification of their country without foreign domination in exactly the same way as the Thirteen Colonies were the aggressors in 1775.

An interesting song | Reviewer: Anon | 2/5/13

You people are aware that there was the Cold War going on at the time, right? And that North Vietnam was the aggressor in the Vietnam War? Some of the ignorant and naive comments that have been posted here...

This web site | Reviewer: Matt Dillon | 11/10/12

Thank you for putting the comment section here 365.com. I was going to just give up and let the world fall apart! However there are people and things worth fighting for and things can get better without violence in a true democracy if the majority of adults are willing to work for positive change. It's WeThe People not we the elected government !!!!

Jesse! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/8/12

True anarchy is not the way. You speak of strength as if its a good thing and power as if the people in power are weak. Power these days has grown beyond brawn and is far beyond the eye can see. people like me and you obviously cant even begin to see the true scale of the 'power' ladder. Free will and power/mental problems are very different. Children get raped without order, hence forth anarchy would be without order. Rape crime and abuse would go sky high, what a stupid contradiction and proposition. This all leads to mental illness, it is proven that nearly all killers/rapeists have had abusive childhoods. You really want your kid growing up in an anarchy driven 'power struggle' in the year 2012? I do believe though that the way we are now Is an absoloute disgrace and some things have made me almost suicidal such as 'whats the point in living if im just a fucking pawn, my passions are useless i am an object of control'. There needs to be something done. Anytime there is, people get shot.

interesting thoughts | Reviewer: unbound [Rich Sauve] | 9/3/11

Reading these reviews it strikes me as quite interesting the shades of overlapping thoughts put forth. I wonder how much easier it is to rant biasedly, vehemently, and with such certainty that which is at it's base as ignorant an opinion as anyone's. That is to say, there is no one alive today that has witnessed all of history - though we are so very overwhelmed with it's various versions poured down on us by decendents of the victors - and sometimes the victims - of societal upheaval, empires come and gone, and the millions of talking heads and commenters in our global media.

Personally, I agree with those that think the colonel's arguments lacking in both knowledge of facts and ethical resolution of thought. But I also see that given the massive unwillingness of citizens of the world to resist the onslaught of war and profiteering in general, his opinions are sadly more popular than some of us would like to think - as is his ignorance, in my opinion. But they could say the same of those of us on the other side - that we are ignorant of the bigger picture; that the loss of the lives of millions and the rape of women, children and lands all brought us to where we are today - a state of military industrial supremacy over the world. Oh, we can bring on the facts then that china owns our debt, that our country is filled with resources, but the distribution is an abysmal mess; that billionaires exist while millions starve. But this has been known for centuries, and has not stopped those in power, or those sheep that support them.

What I find ironic is that jesse - and I also appreciated many of your words - speaks of anarchy and yet even he misses still the greatest point! Anarchy in my mind is not at all about the strongest surviving. If you take a look at the recorded history of our now ubiquitous species, only when we first established permanent settlements and a system of writing and class systems did we begin a steady, sure road upwards towards war, capitalism and profit off the labors of our fellow humans. The evidence clearly suggests that before this time - and up to the present time in smaller and smaller enclaves and periods - it was never competition against one another, but rather through cooperation with one another that the human race accomplished anything that benefitted more than a select group of individuals. If we are to move past this many thousand year blight on the record of humankind, we must first see this glaring fact for what it is - a very bad turn taken by our ancestors that we have wittingly or unwittingly followed to the present.

These words are, of course, my opinion; and they are as ignorant and as wise as anyone else's. To share them is one thing humans are certainly gifted at. Hurray for us. And hurray for Bob Dylan, who wrote of many things - women and love, war and politics, and many other things - for once when he was young and frustrated, writing a song which brought awareness to thousands that they were not alone in their dismay and horror at what the world had become. It's certainly better than the lyrics of millions of songs blathering on about nothing important whatsoever.


well said jesse | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/15/11

hats off to jesse. i actually copied your text and pasted it onto my computer. i like you. probably because you sound like me - you even use small case. i have been arguing the same thing for a while now.
it pisses me off the way people go on and on and on. sounding so intelligent and saying it all so gramatically well. but they miss that very point you mentioned.
we humans bull-shit ourselves so much nobody can see through the shit anymore. perhaps they never did. and perhaps they never will. it seems like you need a kind of deeep analysis or understanding to see it, but when you do see it then its so clearly there. and it seems like people dont realise. they just ape so-called 'leaders' of thought. its a way of hiding their own inability to see clearly. just talk the talk of 'he who is respected' and you will also be given respect. crap.
no offence to anyone but i have felt for a long time that dylan really does not have very deep lyrics. intelligent, poetic and quirky. but deep? no.


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