Oh my name it ain't nothin' My age it means less The country I come from Is called the Midwest I was taught and brought up there The laws to abide And that land that I live in Has God on its side
Oh, the history books tell it They tell it so well The cavalries charged The Indians fell The cavalries charged The Indians died Oh, the country was young With God on its side
The Spanish-American War had its day And the Civil War, too Was soon laid away And the names of the heroes I was made to memorize With guns in their hands And God on their side
The First World War, boys It came and it went The reason for fighting I never did get But I learned to accept it Accept it with pride For you don't count the dead When God's on your side
The Second World War Came to an end We forgave the Germans And then we were friends Though they murdered six million In the ovens they fried The Germans now, too Have God on their side
I've learned to hate the Russians All through my whole life If another war comes It's them we must fight To hate them and fear them To run and to hide And accept it all bravely With God on my side
But now we got weapons Of chemical dust If fire them, we're forced to Then fire, them we must One push of the button And a shot the world wide And you never ask questions When God's on your side
Through many a dark hour I've been thinkin' about this That Jesus Christ was Betrayed by a kiss But I can't think for you You'll have to decide Whether Judas Iscariot Had God on his side.
So now as I'm leavin' I'm weary as Hell The confusion I'm feelin' Ain't no tongue can tell The words fill my head And fall to the floor That if God's on our side He'll stop the next war
Writer/s: BOB DYLAN
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Colin from Navan, IrelandFirst song that got me interested in Bob Dylan!!
Mike from Ocala, FlFor Matt Re: the Indians. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifest_Destiny
Guy from Woodinville, WaDylan exposes the great hypocrisy of people who think God takes sides in our endless wars. Isn't it curious how both sides pray fervently for victory to the same god? Just one more reason to not believe and seriously question those who do.
Matt from Kansas City, KsI love the fact that he mentions the killing of Indians, and somehow god had something to do with it.
Also when he mentions Jesus and Judas, and how this way of thinking...God being on the side of the winners...that God must have been on the side of Judas.
Jordan from Atlanta, GaGreat Song, but I always thought it was funny that he mentions the spanish american war first followed by the civil war, when all the other wars are in proper order. Maybe just a lyrical choice?
David from Youngstown, OhWhat an incredibly powerful song. Manfred Mann does a great rendition of it.
Tajmahal from ManilaIs this the same song covered by Wiretrain in the 80's?
C from No., EnglandFantastic song. Someone has to say stuff like this to epople who still, hundreds of years after the crusades, try to justify wars with religion.
William from Gotha, GermanyI heard this song for the first time when I was 12 or so, and it blew my mind. Made my rethink my sense of patriotism, belief Jesus, justification of war, the whole bunch. Powerful song.