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Thread #12295   Message #95752
Posted By: John in Brisbane
16-Jul-99 - 03:34 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Think Again (Dick Gaughan)
Subject: Lyr Add: THINK AGAIN (Dick Gaughan)
A powerful song from one of my favourite singer song-writers (from his Official Web site).

Think Again

Words and Music : Dick Gaughan

Do you think that the Russians want war?
These are the parents
Of children who died in the last one
Do you think that it's possible,
Knowing their past
That they'd ever consider
Repeating the last
When 20 million
Were slaughtered by Nazi invasion
They died fighting on our side, you know,
In a fight to defend humankind
Against Nazi terror and hatred


In the name of humanity,
Bitterly torn
In the name of our children
As yet to be born
Before we do that which can
Never be undone I beg of you
Think, think again,
And again and again and again and again

Do you think that the Russians want war?
They're the sons and the daughters
Of parents who died in the last one
Do you think that they'd want
To go through that again
The destruction, the bloodshed,
The suffering and pain?
In the second world war
Out of every 3 dead one was Russian
If we try with all of our power
Can we not find a way
To peacefully settle our difference?

Do you think that the Russians want war?
Will the voice of insanity
Lead you to total destruction?
Will you stumble to death
As though you were blind?
Will you cause the destruction
Of all humankind?
Will you die because you don't
Like their political system?
There will be no survivors you know
No one left to scream in the night
And condemn our stupidity

Written in February 1981 on the railway platform at Friedrichstrasse station which used to be no-man's-land between East and West Berlin.
This was during the period when Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were heightening the Cold War rhetoric in cynical attempts to increase their domestic popularity.

Inspired by the poem by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 'Do you think the Russians stand for war?'