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David Rovics

by Barnhill, David L. last modified Jan 01, 2012 08:41 PM

A few lyrics from the most impassioned and trenchant political voice in music today. Check him out.


If I could sing a song for every bomb that flies
I'd sing each and all the days
If there were to be a verse for every dying child's cries
For every helpless father's gaze
If I wrote a love letter to each corpse as it is carried
I'd never still my pen
If I had to stop a moment for each one that's been buried
I'd never move again
If I could hold each shattered body, each baby stilled at birth
I'd have no time for loneliness
I'd spend all my time embracing the people of this savaged earth
Feeling the poisoned wind's caress
--David Rovics, “A Song for Basra”


If you knew that the earth was dying
If they said this on the news
If they would clarify the picture
Instead of seeking to confuse
If you could see the ice caps melting
If you could watch the oceans rise
If you could see the consequences
Right before your eyes
If you knew the kids were dying
If you could look inside
The river where their food comes from
Filled with cyanide
If you could hear the parents pleading
If they were looking right at you
If you could see the anguish in their hearts
What if you knew
--David Rovics, “What If You Knew”


I don't think Jesus would send gunships into Bethlehem
Or jets to raze the towns of Timorese
I don't think Jesus would lend money to dictators
Or drive those SUV's
And I don't think Jesus would ever have dropped
A single ounce of napalm
So tell me, who would Jesus bomb?
--David Rovics, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?”


In one world
In one village
In one home
Let us live together
--David Rovics, “In One World”


David Rovics, Songs of Social Significance

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by Barnhill, David L. last modified Jan 01, 2012 08:41 PM