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Album: The Freewheelin' Bob DylanReleased: 1963
Dylan wrote this song in criticism of American leaders and officials. It was meant as a realization of the times, what war was coming to and why war became a pointless act, rather than a means of defense.
In the liner notes to The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
, Dylan says of 'Masters Of War': "I've never really written anything like that before. I don't sing songs which hope people will die, but I couldn't help it with this one. The song is a soft of striking out, a reaction to the last straw, a feeling of what can you do?"