Leonard Cohen – There is a War – lyrics concerning getting involved with life.

Leonard Cohen – There is a War – lyrics concerning getting involved with life.

 

Life is full of big issues and everyone is alive. You can coast through and ignore it all or you can get involved, think about it and try to do something positive to create a better world.

I’m all for creating a positive zeitgeist.

You can’t change things if you don’t know what is going on. And yes – it does make a difference.

Leonard is a poet so his lyrics are always a delight. He gets into issues and highlights things. This is a great song. It is about relationships but it also highlights the bigger social wars that are raging all around us. There are ideologies clashing.

We need to get involved. Only our intelligence and compassion can prevent the selfish from steering the ship.

There Is A War”

There is a war between the rich and poor,
a war between the man and the woman.
There is a war between the ones who say there is a war
and the ones who say there isn’t.
Why don’t you come on back to the war, that’s right, get in it,
why don’t you come on back to the war, it’s just beginning.Well I live here with a woman and a child,
the situation makes me kind of nervous.
Yes, I rise up from her arms, she says “I guess you call this love”;
I call it service.Why don’t you come on back to the war, don’t be a tourist,
why don’t you come on back to the war, before it hurts us,
why don’t you come on back to the war, let’s all get nervous.

You cannot stand what I’ve become,
you much prefer the gentleman I was before.
I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control,
I didn’t even know there was a war.

Why don’t you come on back to the war, don’t be embarrassed,
why don’t you come on back to the war, you can still get married.

There is a war between the rich and poor,
a war between the man and the woman.
There is a war between the left and right,
a war between the black and white,
a war between the odd and the even.

Why don’t you come on back to the war, pick up your tiny burden,
why don’t you come on back to the war, let’s all get even,
why don’t you come on back to the war, can’t you hear me speaking?

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