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Pounding for Peace

Mick Harvey & Christopher Richard Barker
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They're pounding for peace again, the guns at the front
We thought there was respite but now we're taking the brunt
Taking the brunt of all that they throw
All that they throw in this nightmare of woe
 
They're pounding for peace again, 'war on the march',
War on the poplar, war on the larch
War on the cuckoo-flower that grows by the stream;
War on the home where once I did dream
 
Oh, they're pounding for peace again
Those guns at the front
They're pounding for peace again
So we're taking the brunt
 
Dreaming as a child of blue distant lands
Of colonies and outposts and bright glittering sands
Where a young man could make his fortune or name
Through deeds dashly daring, without conscience or shame
 
Dreaming of sultans and emirs and princes and kings,
Who would bestow upon me riches, barbed without stings
I dreamt of blushing damsels, rose-red in white silk;
I dreamt of my sweetheart, uncloth’d, bathing in milk.
 
Oh, they're pounding for peace again
Those guns at the front
They're pounding for peace again
So we're taking the brunt
 
I dreamt of a century thwacked out at Trent Bridge and Lords;
I dreamt of boundaries and sixes applauded by hoardes
Today I started dreaming beneath a late swooning sun
But then woke nerve-struck when they started pounding their guns
 
Yes, they're pounding for peace again, on the blasted front line
Pounding for nothing, pounding for all time
Pounding for pounding's sake, pounding till late,
Spurred on by little except bitterness and hate.
 
Oh, they're pounding for peace again
Those guns at the front
They're pounding for peace again
So we're taking the brunt
 


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