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The New Battle Hymn (Suffet)

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AIR CORPS LAMENT
ARSON, RAPE, AND BLOODY MURDER
BALLAD OF 5.60
BATTLE HYMN OF LT. CALLEY
BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLICAN
BLOOD ON THE RISERS (GORY, GORY)
CLIMBER'S GORY
CLIMBER'S GORY II
GLORY HOW PECULIAR
GORY, GORY (SKI)
JOHN BROWN'S BABY
JOHN BROWN'S BODY
JOHN BROWN'S PENIS
MACV MARCHING SONG
MARCHING SONG OG THE FIRST ARKANSAS (U.S.C.T.)
MARY ANN MCCARTHY
PINK PAJAMAS
SOLIDARITY FOREVER
THE AIR SCOUTS SONG
THE BUGS MARCHED DOWN THE AISLE
THE BURNING OF THE SCHOOL
THE CHARGE ON MOTHER JONES
THE DRAPES OF ROTH
THE HARTLEY BILL (or the Bosses Solidarity song)
THE JOY OF LOCOMOTION
TONGUE TWISTER
WE ARE FREE!
YOU CAN TELL A FIGHTER PILOT


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Suffet 18 Sep 01 - 09:44 AM
chip a 18 Sep 01 - 10:13 AM
bseed(charleskratz) 18 Sep 01 - 10:55 AM
chip a 18 Sep 01 - 11:06 AM
Sorcha 18 Sep 01 - 11:45 AM
GUEST 30 Sep 01 - 02:56 AM
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Subject: The New Battle Hymn
From: Suffet
Date: 18 Sep 01 - 09:44 AM

I have heard it said that the first casualty of war is the truth.

---- Steve


"The New Battle Hymn of the Republic"
Music: "John Brown's Body" ("The Battle Hymn of the Republic")
Words: Stephen L. Suffet © 2001

Stanzas only, low and dirgelike, without choruses.

An evil hand of terror has smitten our land,
Cruel war is thrust upon us, and united we shall stand,
But before we loose the dogs of war, the truth we shall demand.
May the truth go shining on!

Are our weapons so intelligent, are our bombs so smart,
The evil and the innocent our bombs can tell apart?
Or together will they perish once the bombings start?
May the truth go shining on!

And if we march to battle in the Good Lord's Holy Name,
How are we so different from the ones we choose to blame?
War is never holy; it is evil and profane.
May the truth go shining on!

And the ones whose souls are guided by the sacred Inner Light,
Shall we brand them all as traitors because they will not fight?
Shall we lock them into prisons and keep them out of sight?
May the truth go shining on!

And the one we call Bin Laden, oh may the truth be known,
We armed him and we trained him when we claimed him as our own;
Now he bites the hand that fed him, we have reaped what we have sown.
May the truth go shining on!

Will we who fight for freedom ourselves succumb to hate?
Or will our ranks be open wide to all who'd risk our fate?
The hand that smote our nation knew neither gay nor straight.
May the truth go shining on!

And when the battle's over, will those who now protect,
Be treated then with decency, with honor and respect?
Or will they suffer homelessness, depression and neglect?
May the truth go shining on!

Yes, although war is evil, we still may choose to fight,
The lesser of two evils may bring us through this night,
But let us not deceive ourselves that two wrongs make a right.
May the truth go shining on!


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Subject: RE: The New Battle Hymn
From: chip a
Date: 18 Sep 01 - 10:13 AM

I'm going to the library in a while to try to find something by Mark Twain. I think it's called "The War Poem". Thanks for reminding me of it Suffet.

Chip A.


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Subject: RE: The New Battle Hymn
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 18 Sep 01 - 10:55 AM

Right on, Suffet. Those who kill in God's name have been listening to the great deceiver. "Holy War" is an oxymoron. Or as John Prine put it, "Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore--it's already overcrowded from that dirty little war."

--seed


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Subject: RE: The New Battle Hymn
From: chip a
Date: 18 Sep 01 - 11:06 AM

It's called "The War Prayer" and can be found at: http://www.boondocksnet.com/twain/war_prayer.html I've been waving the flag as much as everyone else has but I want to keep an honest perspective. Let's all remember the silent side of our prayers.

Chip A.


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Subject: RE: The New Battle Hymn
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Sep 01 - 11:45 AM

War Prayer has also been posted here in the last few days........


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Subject: RE: The New Battle Hymn
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Sep 01 - 02:56 AM

Good song, Steve.


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