Bombs Away! (Joanna Cazden)

“Bombs Away!” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Bombs Away!” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Joanna Cazden.
Tune: Joanna Cazden.


So, they’ve got this project called the B-1 Bomber,
And they’ve found all kinds of companies to shape and make it go,
And they say it’s for our safety and our honor,
But we like it less and less the more we know.
So, before they vote affirmative, let’s talk about alternatives.
We’ve got concerns; we’ve got the right to say:

Bombs away! Bombs away!
No more weapons in the sky; no more destroyers in the bay!
When the people on the ground have enough to go around,
We’ll have no more need for fighting, so let’s put the bombs away!

With the money that it takes to build a bomber,
We could be raising hospitals, co-ops, and schools,
But the profits can’t compare with the monsters of the air,
And “if you don’t like war, you’re a sissy or a fool.”
So, the contractors are eager, while wages stay meager.
We murder to earn a poor week’s pay.

Bombs away! Bombs away!
No more weapons in the sky; no more destroyers in the bay!
When the people on the ground have enough to go around,
We’ll have no more need for fighting, so let’s put the bombs away!

All the metal that it takes to build a bomber
Comes from countries we therefore have to keep for our “friends.”
All the tungsten and the chrome come from other people’s homes,
Which we invade then find we must defend.
So, the generals get securer, but our neighbors just get poorer.
Danger grows; war is surer every day.

Bombs away! Bombs away!
No more weapons in the sky; no more destroyers in the bay!
When the people on the ground have enough to go around,
We’ll have no more need for fighting, so let’s put the bombs away!

It just takes too much of life to build a bomber.
All that thinking about death isn’t good for human souls.
All the slick, expensive lies and the pessimistic sights
Make it feel like our own lives are full of holes.
Things are bad and getting worse, but we can put it in reverse,
Work for Peace conversion. That’s the only way.

Bombs away! Bombs away!
No more weapons in the sky; no more destroyers in the bay!
When the people on the ground have enough to go around,
We’ll have no more need for fighting, so let’s put the bombs away!


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