Songs of War

by David Savage

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Songs against nuclear war

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released October 7, 2001

Music and lyrics by David Savage
Performances, recording, engineering by David Savage
Concept, design, artwork by David Savage
Copyright © 1982, 1985, 2001 David M. Savage
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David Savage Vienna, Virginia

David Savage has been composing and performing music since 1953. Instruments: cornet, harmonicas, keyboards, tenor sax, alto sax, guitar, cowbell, tambourine, claves, castanets, train whistles, slide whistle, and conch shell. Genres: rock, pop, jazz, folk, electronic, blues, children's, alternative, groove, experimental, ambient, environmental, poetry. ... more

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Track Name: Ban the Bombs
“Ban the Bombs” by David Savage

Chorus

Ban the bombs, ban the bombs / Ban, ban, ban the bombs
Ban the bombs, ban the bombs / Or else we'll all be dead.

Verses

Bang! You're dead and your family's dead / Your friends are dead; everyone's dead
Maybe today and maybe tonight / Unless we ban the bombs.

Your mother will die and your father will die / Your brothers will die and your sisters will die
Your daughters will die and your sons will die / Unless we ban the bombs.

No more work and no more play / The image of death is here today
We've got to find a better way / Than dropping lots of bombs.

Plenty of bombs for everyone / Hundreds of million megatons
A nuclear war cannot be won / We're going to stop the bombs.

Copyright © 1982, 2001 David M. Savage
Davidsavage.bandcamp.com music@savageheart.com
Track Name: Stop the Bombs and Stop the War
“Stop the Bombs and Stop the War” by David Savage

Chorus

Push the button; close the door / No one's living anymore
I say no and I say now / Stop the bombs and stop The War.

Verses

Push the button; start The War / We won't be here anymore
Nothing living for ten thousand years / No one to cry a single tear.

No one to laugh; no one to love / No early flight of the mourning dove
The flight of bombs will be the last / No more future; no more past.

We have power; we have choice / We have hands; we have a voice
We must be heard before the roar / Stop the bombs and stop The War.

Now or never we must speak / We might not have another week
Another day, another hour / We must exercise our power.

Copyright © 1982, 2001 David M. Savage
Davidsavage.bandcamp.com music@savageheart.com
Track Name: The Last War
“The Last War” by David Savage

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Our life is in our hands. / Our hearts, our voices must create the plan / for love and peace, the Earth around now.

Verses

The next war will be The Last War / 'cause there won't be any more / people to hate or to fight.

The Last War will be forevermore / and evermore and evermore, / an unending, unbroken night.

The next war will say it all. / Humanity couldn't hear the call / for world peace, nor the good song of life.

The Last War is just down the road / unless you and I take up the load / and speak up and speak out and make things right.

The next war will be The Last. / It's coming soon and it's coming fast / unless you and I disarm all the bombs.

The Last War might start tonight / by accident. An ungodly light / will radiate the tomb once called Earth.

The next war might start today. / It might be only a minute away. / We might already have seen the last birth.

A tragedy befell this race. / No epitaph would mark our place. / A burnt-out Earth drifting through space, I see.

Unless we act, and quickly now, / for death approaches in a cloud, / so sing for peace and sing it loud, my friends.

The next war will be The Last War. / This horror tale is a true story / unless we turn to love and peace our tale will end.

No one will see the humans fry. / No one will hear the final cry. / But just the same, the Earth will die a final death.

No second chance, we've had them all. / The Last War will be the final call, / the curtain falling down on our heads.

The end of day, the end of night, / the end of wrong, the end of right, / the end of could have, the end of might, all gone.

The next war will be The Last War. / The final score: all hits, no runs. / Zero ground for everyone, losers all.

Our children fear they won't grow up / and they are right, unless we stop, / the bombs will drop on everyone, sweetheart.

The future now is up to us. / Do we want to try? Do we care to trust / the best in us? In faith, we must, at last.

Copyright © 1982, 2001 David M. Savage
Davidsavage.bandcamp.com music@savageheart.com
Track Name: Where Will You Be When the Bombs Start to Fall?
“Where Will You Be When the Bombs Start to Fall?” by David Savage

Verse 1

I see lots of countries stockpiling lots of bombs / while lots of children go hungry and lots of farmers lose their farms.

There's lots to go around but some few people want to keep it all, and tell me

Where will you be when the bombs start to fall? Oh tell me, where will you be when the bombs start to fall?

Verse 2

Computer controlled missiles, lasers shot from space / Once we were human, now we're just the arms race

Someone's gonna push the button to save face and end it all, and tell me

Where will you be when the bombs start to fall? Oh tell me, where will you be when the bombs start to fall?

Bridge

What will you be doing when the skies fill up with flame?

When the world blows up 'cause love is lost, in a game too terrible to name

When we face our shame in the final flash, whose name will you call? and tell me

Where will you be when the bombs start to fall? Oh tell me, where will you be when the bombs start to fall?

Copyright © 1985, 2001 David M. Savage
Davidsavage.bandcamp.com music@savageheart.com
Track Name: We're All Gonna Be Mutants
“We're All Gonna Be Mutants” by David Savage

Chorus

We're all gonna be mutants, mutants / I'll grow another head or two
We're all gonna be mutants, mutants / radioactive heirs/airs/errors for me and you.

Verse 1

Someone stole the plutonium / now they're gonna make a bomb
Ransom New York City / but there's every reason to stay calm.

Verse 2

The missiles aren't aimed at anyone / they're just there to keep the peace
One computer error is all it takes / to make ashes out of West and East.

Bridge

And it's going to be a very long cold winter / radioactive night, and I don't want to hang around
I'd rather split in a flash at Ground Zero / than glow and slowly fade when there's nothing left but zero ground.

Verse 3

Someone's gonna push the button / and it just might be today
Accept this as reality / or find a better way.

Copyright © 1985, 2001 David M. Savage
Davidsavage.bandcamp.com music@savageheart.com