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Veteran of the Psychic Wars

Blue Öyster Cult
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Album: "Fire of Unknown Origin" (1981)
by Eric Bloom and British author Michael Moorcock (creator of Elric of Melniboné).
Covered by Metallica

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[The song] may also be a dual statement on the media manipulations and war itself. Obviously, psychic wars going on here at home are just as important as the real war in attempting to convince the people that war is useful and going well. Weariness of a war going on far too long, along with an assault on personal liberty and privacy, is the message of lines such as "But the war's still going on dear / And there's no end that I know / And I can't say if we're ever... / I can't say if we're ever gonna to be free," and "It's time we had a break from it / It's time we had some leave."

from Metallica - The Anti-War, Anti-State, Pro-Liberty Metal Band?


Micheal Moorcock did cowrite this song (along with Black Blade and the Great Sun Jester).
He says the song is an allusion to a soldier's post traumatic stress syndrome. They keep living the horror in their heads.


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You see me now a veteran of a thousand psychic wars
I've been living on the edge so long
Where the winds of limbo roar
And I'm young enough to look at
And far too old to see
All the scars are on the inside
I'm not sure if there's anything left of me

Don't let these shakes go on
It's time we had a break from it
It's time we had some leave
We've been living in the flames
We've been eating up our brains
Oh, please don't let theses shakes go on

You ask me why I'm weary, why I can't speak to you
You blame me for my silence
Say it's time I changed and grew
But the war's still going on dear
And there's no end that I know
And I can't say if we're ever...
I can't say if we're ever gonna to be free

Don't let these shakes go on
It's time we had a break from it
It's time we had some leave
We've been living in the flames
We've been eating out our brains
Oh, please don't let theses shakes go on

You see me now a veteran of a thousand psychic wars
My energy's spent at last
And my armor is destroyed
I have used up all my weapons and I'm helpless and bereaved
Wounds are all I'm made of
Did I hear you say that this is victory?

Don't let these shakes go on
It's time we had a break from it
Send me to the rear
Where the tides of madness swell
And been sliding into hell
Oh, please don't let shakes go on
Don't let these shakes go on
Don't let these shakes go on

7/11/2012 - 22:32



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