Willie Nelson will release his anti war song “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth”

 

Willie Nelson, you are my hero!

Word is out today that Willie Nelson is set to release the anti-war song he wrote at Christmas 2003.  He wrote the song following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and first sang it at an Austin fundraiser for Dennis Kucinich on January 3, 2004, when the progressive Democrat was vying for the democratic nomination for president.  I have heard Willie sing it in concert, but until now he has never released it to the public.  He sang the song again this morning on the Imus in the morning radio show.

The single will be released by Lost Highway Records at online digital stores beginning on November 21, 2006, with the proceeds to go to benefit the National Veterans Foundation.  Right now you can hear it at www.nvf.org.

Sons Lukas (lead/rhythm guitar) and Micah (drums) join him, along with Michael McDonald (vocals, keyboard) Jack Johnson (vocals) Ben Harper (slide guitar), Pat Simmons, Sr (vocals) and Pat Simmons, Jr. (acoustic lead guitar), Amy Holland (vocals), Marty Dread (vocals), Donnie Smith (bass), and David Choy (saxaphone).

Thank you Willie for standing up against war, and expressing your feeling through song.  For more info, you can contact Jim Flammia at Lost Highway Records (615) 524-7507, or jim.flammia@umisic.com

Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?
By Willie Nelson

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
 

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