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This track was initially inspired by watching a documentary of the same name directed by Eugene Jarecki, well worth checking out. The intro to the song is taken from the original Frank Capra propaganda film made to get the american public behind american involvement in WW2, also called "Why We Fight". The second speech is President Eisenhower's farewell address in which he warns us of the dangers of the industry of war.

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People tend to think peace
But the US think-tanks
Well they tend to think tanks
So they can get us into debt with the big banks
For big thanks
Because the old-boys they keep ranks
And "to be frank", join the army they say
You can travel to new places, fire guns and learn a trade
Well to be frank I'd rather fire off some vocals,
Visit all those places without blowing up the locals
It's loco
No I'm not gonna stay in bed like John and Yoko
Hippy kids tucked up protesting with a cup of cocoa
Fuck that man, I'm taking to the streets
Shouting out my question to a beat

Why do we fight?
Is it to protect the morality
Of a nation based on criminality?
And is it for the global peace?
Are we the police of the global streets?
And is it for the lives of the little children
and if it is, tell me why do we kill them?
I'll tell you why we fight
We fight for power, material gain, and that's not right

Consider Iraq for a second
And the fact that the
Weapons we attacked for
Were never even there
But do we even care
Or are we so distracted
By the fact that Britney Spears has got no hair
That we’re happy to look wherever the media instructs us
Sucks us in with sex and systematically corrupts us
Until we're so full of fear it erupts as a
xenophobic mistrust of people we deduct as being
Muslim by ethnicity
Guilty by complicity
Listen to me this is the media publicity
Like electricity it charges the commotion
Until it's like an ocean of negative emotion, but

Well I'm drownin in the sea
Of fear and suspicion
Illegal rendition
And people conditioned to blindly believe
But don't be so naïve
You wanna see the light
You've got to ask the right questions like

Why do we fight?
Is it to protect the morality
Of a nation based on criminality?
And is it for the good of mankind?
Popping off the rockets while their pockets get lined
And is it for the lives of the little children
and if it is, tell me why do we kill them?
I'll tell you why we fight
We fight for power, material gain, and that's not right

Consider the lives that we're living
And the lies that we're given from on high
By these driven politicians
With their military missions
Their twisted visions and illegal prisons
I don't listen to their lies no more
Always trying to justify the price of war
But what's that if your not even alive no more no
Collateral damage in a private war, but uh

I'm drownin in the sea
Of fear and suspicion
Illegal rendition
And people conditioned to blindly believe
But don't be so naïve
You wanna see the light
You've got to ask the right questions like

Why do we fight?
Is it to protect the morality
Of a nation based on criminality?
And is it for the global peace?
Are we the police of the global streets?
And is it for the lives of the little children
and if it is, tell me why do we kill them?
I'll tell you why we fight
We fight for power, imperial gain, and that's not right
Well that's not right
That's not right
That's not right no
But that's why we fight

credits

from Why We Fight E​.​P., released May 24, 2011
Written by Billy Salisbury.
Guitar and Vocals - Billy Salisbury
Keys - Andreas Millns
Bass - Alex Crane
Drum programming - Billy Salisbury & Alex Crane
Trumpet - Tom First
Saxophones - Jehan Abdel-Malak & Alex Crane

Copyright 2011 Billy Rowan Salisbury

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The Undercover Hippy is actually UK based singer-songwriter Billy Rowan. After 7 years spent DJ’ing and MC’ing on the Drum & Bass circuit, Billy ditched the decks for a guitar and started out as a solo act in 2007. He now plays with a 5 piece band, bringing together, keys, drums, bass, congas and backing vocals to create a high energy, interactive and highly entertaining live show. ... more

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