Fall Of The Peacemakers

Album: No Guts, No Glory (1983)

Songfacts®:

  • In March 1966, at the height of Beatlemania, John Lennon remarked to a journalist from the London Evening Standard - probably in his usual deadpan style - that the Beatles were now more popular than Jesus. Later in the year, when that comment found its way into an American teenagers' magazine, it provoked uproar in the Bible Belt, and led to a DJ in Birmingham, Alabama boycotting their records, a boycott that spread like wildfire, many teenagers actually burning their records.

    In view of this, probably no one would have been more surprised than Lennon himself that a Southern musician, if a Southern rock musician, should have written a tribute song to him. Although Dave Hlubek's epic "Fall Of The Peacemakers" alludes to both Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy as well, it is primarily about Lennon with its overt references to "Imagine" and "Give Peace A Chance."

    The last verse alludes to the funeral of President Kennedy, who some might say saved the world from a potential nuclear disaster by his masterful handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the year before his assassination.
  • There are at least six recordings of "Fall Of The Peacemakers", the definitive is probably the original from the 1983 No Guts, No Glory album which runs to 8 minutes 4 seconds, but the 1998 acoustic version (which is heavily keyboard based) is also a fine rendition. This can be found on Silent Reign Of Heroes, and runs to 6 minutes 55 seconds. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments: 4

  • J.r.j. from Fall River, Mass."Fall of the peacemakers"
    Is one of the best songs ever written!!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: www.legacy.com
    Banner Thomas, a musician who was the original bassist for the platinum-selling Southern rock band Molly Hatchet, died Monday, April 10, 2017, of a heart attack, according to multiple news sources, he was 60. The band, founded in 1975 by guitarist Dave Hlubek in Jacksonville, Florida, is known for its hit song "Flirtin' With Disaster." The group announced Thomas' death via its official Facebook page:"Molly Hatchet bassist, Banner Thomas passed away this morning. From 1978 - 1983, Banner played on the first four MH albums, including the hit Flirtin' With Disaster*. He left the band and was replaced by Riff West, also deceased, who played on the next 5 albums. Tim Lindsey has been the bassist for nearly fifteen years and continues to carry the torch forward. Our prayers and condolences extend to Banners family and friends. RIP" According to posts on his own Facebook page, Thomas had been treated for pneumonia just days before he died. He had plans to resume playing concerts with his current band, Those Guys, also based in Jacksonville. Thomas, who was born Sept. 6, 1956, in Orange Park, Florida, played on Molly Hatchet's first four studio albums: "Molly Hatchet" (1978), which went platinum; "Flirtin' With Disaster" (1979), which sold more than 2 million copies; "Beatin' the Odds" (1980), another platinum success; and "Take No Prisoners" (1981), which peaked at No. 36 on the U.S. albums chart.Thomas left Molly Hatchet in 1983, moving on to co-found the group Big Engine.
    May he R.I.P.
    * Molly Hatchet placed three records on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; "Flirtin' With Disaster" {#42 in 1980}, "The Rambler" {#91 in 1981}, and "Power Play" {#96 in 1982}.
  • Terri Stewart from Sanford, FlP.S. - Riff West lost 30 years of royalties for Peacemakers, the song he wrote (along with Dave) with pure sincerity and passion for its lyrics and sublime message behind the lyrics. Mister Sunshine Music, however, has enjoyed the royalties and accoutrements they've afforded him (i.e. custom homes, yachts, etc.) for decades, literally, due to his continued exploitation (as "agent for" and "promoter of" and "owner of" the music and band name) of the once young and naive (from a business & legal perspective) musician named Riff West... as well as the other 'original era' members of Molly Hatchet Band. Clearly, none of the young, trusting musicians understood the significance or meaning of "fiduciary," and their manager took full advantage of his position over them with apparently zero regard for the ostensible conflict of interest.


  • Terri Stewart from Sanford, FlRiff West (bass & vocals) with Molly Hatchet Band for a decade wrote the lyrics, although Mister Sunshine Music (Pat Armstrong) didn't give him credit until recently. BMI now recognizes Riff West as a co-owner/author. Riff wrote the lyrics, and was deeply disturbed by Lennon's, JFK's, MLK's, etc. assassinations, respectively, hence, the inspiration behind those haunting lyrics. Just FYI.
    Work Title: FALL OF THE PEACEMAKERS
    BMI Work #: 400249 ISWC: T-070.253.702-7
    Date Registered: 03/22/1983 Registration Origin: Works Registration
    Songwriter/Composer Current Affiliation Shares IP #
    - HLUBEK, DAVID LAWRENCE BMI 75.00% 00043196489
    - WEST, RALPH EMERSON ("Riff") BMI 25.00% 00488208326
    Publisher: Current Affiliation Shares IP #
    - MISTER SUNSHINE MUSIC (ORIG NAME) (a.k.a. Pat Armstrong) BMI 100.00% 00043176497
    Artists: MOLLY HATCHET
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