Lives in the Balance

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

Jackson Browne, 1986. From the song Lives in Balance


4 responses to “Lives in the Balance

  1. Sigh. Remember “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”? “When will they ever learn?”

  2. As long as the voters are willing to be bought and sold, it is going to be hard to change. I think it’s about time we take back our country from the politicians and marketers, if there’s any difference.

  3. He was a fine song writer in his day. For a Dancer will always be one of my very favorite songs. I’d almost forgotten about this one. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Funny (not really) all those songs of the sixties and seventies (even 1986) are as appropriate today as when they were written.

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