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LIVES IN THE BALANCE



I’ve been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear


You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you’ve seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war


And there’s a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs


On the radio talk shows and the T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend


But who are the ones that we call our
friends–
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can’t take any
more

And they pick up a gun or a brick or a
stone


There are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire
There’s a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can’t even say the names


They sell us the President the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to
religion

The same time they sell us our wars


I want to know who the men in the shadows
are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our
enemies are

But they’re never the ones to fight or to
die


And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

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