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You Can Not Have War Tell the Truth

Tom Neilson
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[2006]
Written by Tom Neilson
Lyrics available at Centre For Political Song

Tom Neilson, The Bard Insurgent.
Tom Neilson, The Bard Insurgent.
My son Jacob asked me when he was five,
"Daddy, why do you say the radio lies?"
I said, "A nation at war needs lies, you see,
To feed the desire to kill enemy.
To light patriot fires of unquestioning rage
And incapacitate reason on the front page;
Glorify every CIA sleuth"
You can not have war & tell the truth,
You can not have war & tell the truth.

Pearl Harbor wasn't a sneak attack.
We know that from the FOI Act.
We had long ago broken the Japanese code,
But we needed the horror of bombs to explode
With 1000s of sailors in a watery grave
Panic runs high, easy to persuade;
Easy for Congress to set the stage
And the road to war, lies will pave.
Take Japanese homes and farms away
So white businesses can seize the day.
You can not have war and tell the truth,
You can not have war and tell the truth.

And the twin towers were not a sneak attack,
But for Turkmenistan gas and oil in Iraq
We need a Pearl Harbor to get us off track.
Why did the Air Force stand down in DC?
Then send those pilots away out to sea?
And why don't they mention that Euro money?
And at the Pentagon why was there no airplane debris?
You can not have war and tell the truth,
You can not have war and tell the truth.

We knew in July 1945 that Japan had no military supply.
They wanted peace, to negotiate,
But we wanted to bomb them before it's too late.
And send a message with a flash of light,
Nuclear weapons we'll use to fight.
Immoral, barbaric, not very couth.
You can not have war and tell the truth,
You can not have war and tell the truth.

Now depleted uranium is nuclear war
Just like Hiroshima/Nagasaki before;
Destroy the village to save it once more.
The reason to bomb Iraq/Afghanistan
Is to get every petrol dollar, the plan
And radiate every child, woman, and man
Recruiters are lying to DU our youth.
You can not have war and tell the truth,
You can not have war and tell the truth.

Contributed by Riccardo Venturi - 2006/8/19 - 12:17



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