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Masters Of War

Bob Dylan

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


24 Apr 1963
cd imgTHE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN
cd imgBIOGRAPH
cd imgDYLAN 2007

  Freewheelin' Bob Dylan session 8, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 24.apr.1963, take 3, album version  

Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know 
I can see thru your masks.

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
An' you hide from my eyes
An' you turn an' run farther
When the fast bullets fly.

Like Judas of old
You lie an' deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But i see thru your eyes
An' i see thru your brain
Like i see thru the water
That runs down my drain.

You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back an' watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
While the young people blood
Flows out of their bodies
An' is buried in the mud.

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For a-threatenin' my baby
Unborn an' unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins.

How much do i know
To talk out of turn
You might say that i'm young
You might say i'm unlearned
But there's one thing i know
Tho i'm younger than you
That even Jesus will never
Forgive what you do.

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness?
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul.

An' i hope that you die
An' your death will come soon
I'll follow your casket
On a pale afternoon
An' i'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your death bed
An' i'll stand over your grave
Till i'm sure that you're dead.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

24 Jan 1963 BROADSIDE (b)
Feb 1963 THE ROAR OF A WAVE (b)
Feb 1963 PARANOID BLUES (b)
8 Feb 1963 THE BANJO TAPE & NYC TOWN HALL (b)
BURN SOME MORE (vb)
Mar 1963 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 THE WITMARK DEMOS
Mar 1963 THROUGH A BULLET OF LIGHT (WITMARK DEMOS) (b)
12 Apr 1963 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 7 NO DIRECTION HOME
THE BANJO TAPE & NYC TOWN HALL (b) #2
STOLEN MOMENTS: NEW YORK TOWN HALL 12TH APRIL 1963 (b)
24 Apr 1963 1 THE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN
BIOGRAPH
DYLAN 2007
10 May 1963 IN CONCERT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY 1963
26 Oct 1963 LIVE 1962-1966 Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections
UNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (b)
4 July 1978 MY BACK PAGES (b)
6 July 1978 BORDER BENEATH THE SUN (b)
15 July 1978 THE PICNIC AT BLACKBUSHE (b)
12 Oct 1978 I WAS YOUNG WHEN I LEFT HOME (b)
10 Nov 1981 STADIUMS OF THE DAMNED (b)
28 May 1984 THE JOKERMAN PLAYS IN THE ARENA (vb)
7 July 1984 REAL LIVE
25 Feb 1986 ACROSS THE BORDERLINE
25 Feb 1986 TRUE CONFESSIONS (b)
DUELLING BANJOS (b)
7 Mar 1988 YOU DON'T KNOW ME (b)
10 June 1988 SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES (b)
4 Sep 1988 WANTED MAN (b)
STUCK INSIDE OF NEW YORK (b)
20 Feb 1991 RE-TRANSMISSIONS
YOU DON'T KNOW ME (b) #2
16 Feb 1994 THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY (b)
18 Apr 1994 THE REAL VOICE OF AMERICA (b)
3 July 1994 NAPOLEON IN RAGS (b)
27 May 1995 LOUD AND STRONG (b)
22 June 1995 THE PEDLAR NOW SPEAKS (b)
21 Apr 1996 THE MAINE EVENT (b)
19 May 1998 SAN JOSE CALLING (b)
30 June 1998 NEVER ENDING TOUR IN FRANCE Vol. 1 - PARIS (b)
22 Feb 1999 THE LONELY GRAVEYARD OF MY MIND (b)
28 Apr 2002 BRUSSELS 2002 (b)