A War That Can't Be Won

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Musicians: Frank Daulton: Bass; Takashi Koba: Erhu; Larry Ransome: Dunbek & Jembe; Roman Rhodes: Acoustic Guitar, Piano & Vocals; Tim Wiltshire: Electric & Slide Guitars.
Released 2017
Words & Music © Roman Rhodes, 2015. Multifolkal Inc., SOCAN

Story

This is how I feel a lot of the time, my lyrics and music seem futile in the face of a species hell bent on destroying itself.  Yet what other option is there than to keep fighting?   That's my Roman history side.  Rome lasted so long because if nothing else the Romans were persistent, and until Christianity destroyed its pagan values, there were always some people within the government who cared enough about the descendants of Romans and Rome's continuity to try to stop the corruption that was destroying ancient civilisation.  Now the stakes are much higher.  

Lyrics

A War That Can’t Be Won

© Roman Rhodes, 2015

 

Walks a man, his guitar slung,

across his shoulder, like a gun.

His songs like useless weapons, unsung,

for he fights a war, that can’t be won.

 

His words are bullets no one hears.

They do no harm, so no one fears.

But listen & they can pierce like rays of the sun,

in this war that can’t be won.

 

His amp is heavy like a bomb.

It explodes with truth, rights the wrong.

Yet no one hears and he is shunned

in this war that can’t be won.

 

Chorus: But don’t give up until the very last song is sung.

Everyone is fighting the same war so don’t you run!

For you might be the hero, heroine, oh, the special one,

Who pushes away the clouds and brings out the sun.

Whose actions make the change that stop this dirty rain and win

This war, this war they said can’t be won.

 

And in his pack he carries many a verse

about the world and how its getting worse.

Sometime his conscience feels like a curse.

But that’s the price you pay

for loving this earth.

 

Bridge:

Now all the poster boys

have fast and dangerous toys and think they’ve won

By putting others down,

and spreading money around to repressive scum.

But now the very source of life

now is in danger and on the run.

But if no one’s left alive,

their ain’t no winning side, in this war,

Oh, a war that can’t be won.

 

So won’t you listen and sing along?

Together we may just right some wrongs.

Fight for all those who never enjoy the sun.

Let’s fight this war, though we know it can’t be won.

 

Repeat  Chorus (2)     

But don’t give up until the very last song is sung.

Everyone is fighting the same war so don’t run!

Together we can win, so join hands in bands again everyone.

Sings the songs that make us strong and right the wrongs, without guns       

Our actions make the change that stop this dirty driving rain and win

We can win this war they said can’t be won. (3x)

 

Music

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