Bob Dylan’s “Masters Of War”

One of the greatest songs of all time. The imagry of Dylan’s words is just unmatched, and the passion in his voice is palpable.

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Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big 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

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 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
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 o’er your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead


About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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2 Responses to Bob Dylan’s “Masters Of War”

  1. C. Kinsley says:


    But I like your subtitle for the blog. But where does it get any of us?

    • Rodibidably says:

      Thanks for the typo correction…

      As for the the subtitle for the blog, it is actually a quote from Tim Minchin during an interview ( ).

      As for where it gets us, I firmly believe that focusing on reality and not allowing ancient superstitions to control aspects of our lives will lead us as a society in the right direction.

      Think about Global Warming. There is a segment of society who honestly believe that jesus is coming back in their lifetime. If one really believes that then obviously they have no interest in changing their lifestyle to help the planet 50 or 100 or 200 years from now.

      Thank about issues in the Middle East. Many people believe that a book has told them that Armageddon is going to begin there and these people look forward to this. So instead of working for peace, the idea of war in this area is ideal for them.

      There are many other examples of bad thinking causing disastrous results (HIV denial, autism scare mongering, homeopathy, etc), and each of these works to make the lives of people worse than the scientific, rational alternative.

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