Aug 2, 2003



Months Before Debut, Movie on Death of Jesus Causes Stir

Jackson Browne LIVES IN THE BALANCE

"I've been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
Read the blood in the ink of the headlines
Had the sound of the crowd in my ear
You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you've seen it before
Where a government lies to it's people
And a country is drifting to war."

There's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where there business interests runs
On the radio talkshows and TV
You hear one thing again and again
How the USA stands for Freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends
A people in hunger and pain
Or the places with natural resources
Our businessmen can't wait to claim
And there are lives in the balance
there are people under fire
And there are children at the cannon
And there is blood in the wire.

"There are shadows on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can't even say the names
They sell us our President the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us everything 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 and to die
And there are lives in the balance
And there are People under fire
And there are Children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire."
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