Fall Of The Peacemakers

Album: No Guts, No Glory (1983)
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  • A king without a sword
    A land without a king
    A truth without a voice
    One song left to sing
    One song to sing

    A wise man told me there's something you should know
    The way you judge a man is to look into his soul
    And you'll soon see everything

    A voice from the past cried, "Give peace a chance"
    He paid our price now he's free at last
    Imagine, we called him a dreamer
    How many times must good men die?
    How many tears will the children cry?
    'Til they suffer no more sadness
    Stop the madness
    Oh, stop the madness

    If ashes are ashes and dust is dust
    At our journey's end then return we must
    To the sands of the shore
    White doves in flight
    Peace to all
    But tell me why the peacemakers fall
    Must we bury anymore?

    The hush of the crowd as the horse rode by
    A black lace veil hid the tears from her eyes
    And we all wept in silence
    How many times must good men die?
    How many times will the children cry?
    'Til they suffer no more sadness
    Oh, stop the madness
    Oh, stop all the madness Writer/s: David Lawrence Hlubek
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Comments: 5

  • Stan Travis from Clarksville TnThe song isn't about John Lennon at all. But rather about the one who Lennon insulted in 66!
    Read carefully. A voice from the past cried give peace a chance, "he paid our price" now he's free at last. Imagine, we called him a dreamer.

    John Lennon was alive. He died for no one! JFK was killed by Democrats because he opposed communism. MLK was killed out of racial hate. Both died for a cause, but not while paying "our price".
    However, the one who Lennon insulted was Jesus Christ, who was a voice from the past, who preached love, peace, and kindness, was considered by many to be a dreamer (prophet), and did indeed pay our price by taking on the sin of the world! He was also free from the tomb and death.
    This wasn't a tribute to Lennon, it was an ultimate diss!
  • 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.
    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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