You Are the War

You Are the War

I did not start the war.

I did not fire the cannons.

I was the one to watch you light the wick.

I was sorry when the ammunition hit the innocent.

The explosion ate up all the soil,

graves and groceries, fields and flowers.

The whole of the town … well, it was gone,

and everything we’d worked upon

was scattered into the sky.

I died. 

I died.

 

I am alive

I am alive

I burn now down for you

I am alive

I am alive

I burn now down for you

 

You were the one to start the war,

and then you tried me for the crime.

I did not fire the cannons;

are you sure you want to say it?

Well, well, just say it.

I’ll be out here in the fields with the wreckage, baby, bleeding

while you’re reading off your list of injuries.

It’s as you see it.

It’s as you see it.

It’s as you see it.

Because you’re the only one who knows.

You’re the only one who knows.

You’re the only one who knows at all.

 

I am alive

I am alive

I burn now down for you

I am alive

I am alive

I burn now down for you

You

 

(Life Underwater Music, 2000)

 

James O'Brien