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Army of Children


D D/C D/B A There's an army of children who gathered in the night. D D/C D/B A They are your sons and daughters who've been wounded by the light. G G/F# Em A They rise up angry singing this song, G G/F# Em A Called, "How Long Can This Go On And On And On?" Am F# It's the peaceful one inside us whose time it is to die. Bm G Words are words and guns are guns and children cry. Em A Will you give us just one reason to survive? G G/F# Em A Give us just one reason to survive! Am Ammaj7/G# Are you just a little numb, for it's gone on for so long? Am7/G F#dim (D7/F#) Can you still feel the pain as they engrave your name again? F Am/E On the weapons that they choose, what the hell is left to lose? C E Am G F 'Cause when your back's against the wall, you're bound to fall!

You ask me why the river's running blood red to the sea.
It's because your sons and daughters don't know anymore than me.
But why the bombs still come screaming down and fall?
Why the bombs still come screaming down at all?

It's the peaceful one inside us whose time it is to die.
Words are words and guns are guns and children cry.
Will you give us just one reason to survive?
Give us just one reason to survive!

Are you just a little numb, 'cause it's gone on for so long?
Can you still feel the pain as they engrave your name again?
On the weapons that they make, what the hell is left to take?
'Cause when your back's against the wall, you're bound to fall!

There's an army of children who gathered in the night.
They are your sons and daughters who've been wounded by the light.
They rise up angry singing this song,
Called, "How Long Can This Go On And On And On?"
How long can this go on and on and on?

(Words and music by Bob Gibson and Irma Brown, 1973)

Notes: This song was written in dedication to Phil Ochs.


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