C#m Silent Soldiers on a silver screen A F#m E A F#m Framed in fantasies and dragged in dream Bm E7 A Unpaid actors of the mystery Bm E F#m E The mad director knows that freedom will not make you free F#m E And what's this got to do with me G D I declare the war is over A E E A E C#m It's over, it's over Drums are drizzling on a grain of sand Fading rhythms of a fading land Prove your courage in the proud parade Trust your leaders where mistakes are almost never made And they're afraid that I'm afraid I'm afraid the war is over It's over, it's over Angry artists painting angry signs Use their vision just to blind the blind Poisoned players of a grizzly game One is guilty and the other gets the point to blame Pardon me if I refrain I declare the war is over It's over, it's over So do your duty, boys, and join with pride Serve your country in her suicide Find the flags so you can wave goodbye But just before the end even treason might be worth a try This country is to young to die I declare the war is over It's over, it's over One-legged veterans will greet the dawn And they're whistling marches as they mow the lawn And the gargoyles only sit and grieve The gypsy fortune teller told me that we'd been deceived You only are what you believe I believe the war is over It's over, it's over
The idea for this song came (indirectly) from Ginsberg's ``Wichita Vortex Sutra.'' Phil also wrote an article entitled Have You Heard? The War is Over! which was published in the Village Voice, L.A. Free Press and later in his War is Over song book.
Chords supplied by cody, who also says: This song was originally written as follows. the first verse is the same as on the recorded version the second verse is
Cardboard cowboys of a new frontier drowning indians in vats of beer the troops are leaving on the trojan train the sun in their eyes, but i am hiding from the rain now one of us must be insane: i declare the war is over it's over it's overthe third verse is as follows
All the children play with gatling guns tattoord moithers with their tattooed sons the strong will wonder if they're really strong but surely we've been gone to long i declare...the fourth verse is the third on the recorded version and the fifth is the second on the record. the sixth is another verse that wasn't on the recording
But at least we're working building tanks and planes and a raise is coming so we can't complain the master of the march has lost his mind perhaps, some other war, this fabled farce would all be fine but now we're running out of time. i declare....the last two verses are the same as on the record. Last modified 20 Nov 99 by trent