Archive for the ‘Peace’ Category

Imagine all the people, living life in Peace

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one I
hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

“I think this is one of the most appropriate songs that we could do for this period in America” — Willie Nelson

Monday, December 14th, 2015
Willie Nelson performed at the DAR Constitution Hall, on November 18th, after he was presented with the Library of Congress Gershwin Award.  He performed “Promiseland”.
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“I think this is one of the most appropriate songs that we could do for this period in America,” Willie Nelson told the crowd after being awarded the The Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. “Many years ago, I recorded this song and I felt like this might be a good time to kind of try to bring it back.

Willie Nelson, ‘Living in the Promiseland’

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Willie Nelson sang this song on Wednesday, after he was presented with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress, in Washington DC.

“I recorded this song a while back, and it seems like it might be a good time to bring it back again.”

Give us your tired and weak
And we will make them strong
Bring us your foreign songs
And we will sing along

Leave us your broken dreams
We’ll give them time to mend
There’s still a lot of love
Living in the Promisedland

Living in the Promisedland
Our dreams are made of steel
The prayer of every man
Is to know how freedom feels

There is a winding road
Across the shifting sand
And room for everyone
Living in the Promiseland

So they came from a distant isle
Nameless woman
Faithless child like a bad dream
Until there was no room at all
No place to run, and no place to fall

Give us our daily bread
We have no shoes to wear
No place to call our home
Only this cross to bear

We are the multitudes
Lend us a helping hand
Is there no love anymore
Living in the Promiseland

Living in the Promiseland
Our dreams are made of steel
The prayer of every man
Is to know how freedom feels

There is a winding road
Across the shifting sand
And room for everyone
Living in the Promiseland

“Living in the Promiseland” is track #37 on the album The Essential Willie Nelson.

It was written by Paul Madeira; Jimmy Dorsey.

Willie Nelson, “What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth” (Give Peace a Vote!)

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

[Willie Nelson wrote this song in 2003, at Christmastime, when the US was engaged in the illegal war in Iraq.  It was before we all learned that we had been lied to about the reason to engage in that war.  Today, with the violence in Paris, Beirut and around the world, this song is more important than ever.  — LB]

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

I was at a concert this weekend in California to raise money for the National Veterans Foundation. I’m an Air Force veteran, and I have great respect for the military. I like to support the soldiers whenever I can. But I don’t support this war in Iraq.

I was against the war before it started. I always thought it was a terrible decision, badly thought out, badly planned, and then horribly executed.

I want to see our troops come home right away, and so do most Americans. Unfortunately, too many politicians in both parties refuse to listen.

So when will the troops come home? When we won’t put up with it anymore–when we change our government. And how will we do that? By voting the bastards out! On November 7th, you should vote for anyone who’s against the war and vote against anyone who’s for the war. It’s that simple.

When I wrote the song “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth” (LYRICS) at Christmastime in 2003, a lot of people were for the war, a lot of people didn’t know the facts or the truth. But people are waking up now. They’re learning that they were lied to about the war. They’re feeling lied to about this Mark Foley scandal in terms of who knew what and when. They’re questioning the leadership in this country.

And that gives us new possibilities for November 7th. If we all go out and vote for peace candidates and get our friends to vote, and if our votes are really counted, it’s no contest. There’ll be a change in the Congress, and then we’ll just have to keep building so we can get a president who won’t send our soldiers to fight a war based on lies.

We should have thrown the bastards out years ago. Let’s do it now! Give Peace A VOTE!

Willie Nelson

Congressman Dennis Kucinich with Willie Nelson. Come and visit www.kucinich.us Video done by Chad Ely.    Willie sang this song at a fundraiser for Dennis Kucinich in Austin, Texas, in January 2004.

Willie wrote this song on Christmas, 2003, and performed it for the first time at the Kucinich for President fundraising concert in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 3, 2004.

There’s so many things going on in the world
Babies dying
Mothers crying
How much oil is one human life worth
And what ever happened to peace on earth
We believe everything that they tell us
They’re gonna’ kill us
So we gotta’ kill them first
But I remember a commandment
Thou shall not kill
How much is that soldier’s life worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth
(Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we’ve been told from our birth
Hell they won’t lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

So I guess it’s just
Do unto others before they do it to you
Let’s just kill em’ all and let God sort em’ out
Is this what God wants us to do

(Repeat Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we’ve been told from our birth
Hell they won’t lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

Now you probably won’t hear this on your radio
Probably not on your local TV
But if there’s a time, and if you’re ever so inclined
You can always hear it from me
How much is one picker’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

But don’t confuse caring for weakness
You can’t put that label on me
The truth is my weapon of mass protection
And I believe truth sets you free

(Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we’ve been told from our birth
Hell they won’t lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar’s word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

“Peaceful Solution” by Willie Nelson’s Great-Grandson Zach and his classmates

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Willie Nelson’s great-grandson Zack’s class sings “A Peaceful Solution.” Willie is later joined onstage by Zack to perform the song at The Backyard in Austin, Texas this past March.

Thanks to Matt Hubbard and Rebecca Thomas, for putting this together and sharing it. Magical moments.

War is Over (if you want it) Happy Christmas from John and Yoko

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

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At Christmas in 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono rented billboards in 11 cities across the world with the simple message: War Is Over! (If You Want It) Happy Christmas from John & Yoko.

There is a Peaceful Solution! A Peaceful Revolution!

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

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The sweet music lover, activist and free spirit, Mary Jane Lane.

Willie Nelson, “We will end the war, if we stick together”

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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War is Over, if you want it: Happy Christmas from John & Yoko

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

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http://imaginepeace.com/warisover/

Willie Nelson, “Jimmy’s Road”

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

“I wrote ‘Jimmy’s Song’ when my friend and bass player, David Zettner, was drafted into the army during the Viet Nam War. I could have called it ‘David’s Song,’ but ‘Jimmy’s Road’ sounded more euphonious. Thank you, Chet Atkins, for that big word. He said that one time about some line I had written. At the time I didn’t know what it meant — words that go together — but I said, ’Alright Chet, thanks.’ I was relieved to find out later it was a good thing.”

– Willie Nelson

Occupy Hawaii! Peace!

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduces bill to force vote on wars

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

www.warisacrime.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 23, 2011) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is introducing this evening a Concurrent Resolution, directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces from Libya.

Kucinich’s bill directs the President to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya within 15 days of the adoption of this concurrent resolution.

See a copy of the legislation here.

Another woman for peace! There is a Peaceful Solution

Monday, March 21st, 2011

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Mary Jane Lane, in San Francisco

Dear Linda,

For the third year – since that first show when the Promise of the real rocked me with a peaceful solution — I have marched in the anniversary of the Iraq war protest march in the streets of San Francisco.   

The past few years the sign has been hand written so this year I thought it might work better if I borrow Micah’s art and make the letters darker so that you could see it in Washington  — from the news dispatches from the middle east yesterday it is apparent my signs need to get a whole hell of a lot bigger — but I am not going to let it dampen my spirits. 

A lot of regular first time marchers stood with me in the rain and hail-there was music, marching drums and a drum circle where we danced in front of the St. Francis Church for 20 minutes in a drum circle — boy we could have used Tato and Anthony.

If you agree you should put something in the blog about organizing all like fans to make their own peaceful solution and join me in the streets of their city to shout down the war!!!   We could make it competitive to see which cities have the biggest turn out of fans!

Anyway thought you might enjoy.   I have been following Lukas’ music since the fillmore inauguration show in jan 09. I am on lucky #17 tonight….

— Mary

Willie Nelson and Family presents, ‘The War Prayer’, by Mark Twain

Sunday, March 20th, 2011