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Lives in the Balance

Postby Gnosty » 08 Apr 2004, 00:07

Lives in the Balance

by Jackson Browne

I've been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear
You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you've seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war

And there's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs

On the radio talk shows and the T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends--
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can't take any more
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
There are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

There's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can't even say the names

They sell us the President the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars
I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they're never the ones to fight or to die
And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire
Only the harmonics of the LifeCross will bring Living Light to humanity - Michael Edward


Lives so out of balance

Postby Guest » 13 Apr 2004, 00:11

I have only seen Jackson Browne perform once. It was a benefit concert (of course) where he played at Libby Bowl in Ojai. It was for Happy Valley or Oak Grove school, I think.

My friends and I were disturbed during this great and very up close and personal venue performance of my sister's true love by the several very drunk and clumsy ones in the audience. My friend jumped up and got a security person to talk to the man who was staggering around and talking and such while Jackson was talking and playing acoustic. The drunk guy acted like he thought he was being cool...

The need for drunkeness in so many people's lives is a cause for much of the "out of balanced energies" of most of the people who seem so apathetic. They are afraid of their own anger and helplessness so instead of standing up they "with the shadows on their faces" will allow theirselves or their children to be sacrificed to do the killing of others. I feel so horrified and overwhelmed...

By the way, I have wondered why Jackson is sitting this one out. Sting also has been a strong voice for many but there is no advocacy from them. Are they burnt out having said it all so many times before?

The Libra's have much power with their poetic voicesand creative bravery: Susan Sarandon, Sting, Jackson, Johnny boy, Gore Vidal-we need creative loving peace filled activists who can turn on the regular people with their stinging calls on reality. We need their help now. Thank you to all who can't stand the ugliness and lies anymore and do whatever you can to promote truth and call the liars out to the front.

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