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Pacifist's Lament

Ani DiFranco
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Ani DiFranco
There's many ways to say you're sorry
Home from work, buy some flowers
Wash, dry, put the dishes away

There's a gentle way for a hand to touch a hand
For a cup of tea to be delivered to a nightstand
For a light to be left on to light someone's way

But there is nothing harder than to stop
In the middle
Of a battle
And say you're sorry
But we ask it of our children to just stop
In the middle
Of a battle
And say you're sorry
Which one of us is ready to just stop?

There's many ways to see, my dearest
Don't it seem hindsight is always the clearest
When the fighters and the fighters have gone back
To their primeval caves

You can try to undo what conditioning created
You can go to India and you can sit cross-legged
You can walk to the ocean and drown
Yourself in the waves

But there is nothing harder than to stop
In the middle
Of a battle
And say you're sorry
But we ask it of our children to just stop
In the middle
Of a battle
And say you're sorry
Which one of us is ready to just stop?

If I had a school I would teach Gandhi
And dr. King and Aung San Suu Kyi
I'd teach techniques of nonviolence
As part of the core

'Cause any kid can add two and two
If you show him a path to the truth
Monkey see, monkey do
That is the score

And there is nothing harder than to stop
In the middle
Of a battle
And say you're sorry
But we ask it of our children to just stop
In the middle
Of a battle
And say you're sorry
Which one of us is ready to just stop?

2017/6/27 - 22:36



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