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You Say That The Battle Is Over
by John Denver

And you say that the battle is over,
And you say that the war is all done
Go tell it to those with the wind in their nose
Who run from the sound of the gun,
And write it on the sides of the great whaling-ships,
Or on ice floes where conscience is tossed
With the wild in their eyes, it is they who must die
And it’s we who must measure the loss.

And you say that the battle is over,
And finally the world is at peace
You mean no one is dying, and mothers don’t weep,
Or it’s not in the papers, at least.
There are those who would deal in the darkness of life,
There are those who would tear down the sun,
And most men are ruthless, but some will still weep
When the gifts we were given are gone.

Now the blame cannot fall on the heads of a few,
It’s become such a part of the race;
It’s eternally tragic that that which is magic
Be killed at the end of the glorious chase.
From young seals to great whales, from waters to wood,
They will fall just like weeds in the wind;
With furcoats, and perfumes, and trophies on walls:
What a hell of a race to call men.

And you say that the battle is over,
And you say that the war is all done
Go tell it to those with the wind in their nose
Who run from the sound of the gun,
And write it on the sides of the great whaling-ships,
Or on ice floes where conscience is tossed
With the wild in their eyes, it is they who must die
And it’s we who must measure the loss.
With the wild in their eyes, it is they who must die,
And it’s we who must measure the cost.

In loving memory of John Denver, who gave so much energy to saving our precious environment.

Comments

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaover 6 years ago

    beautiful!

  • thank you so much, mar….i appreciate your kind comment…

    – Jan Landers

  • nikki75
    nikki75over 6 years ago

    stunning

  • thank you so much, nikki…..i value your kind comment…

    – Jan Landers

  • aspectsoftmk
    aspectsoftmkover 6 years ago

    what emotion…what truth…wipe my tears back to the earth…

    .It’s eternally tragic that that which is magic
    Be killed at the end of the glorious chase.

    thank you jan….thank you

  • thank YOU, my friend….i honor your heart and your being…..and much appreciate your kind support for what i am doing in this world…. :-)

    – Jan Landers

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 6 years ago

    This is so beautiful, so gorgeous & lovely Jan

  • thank you, pinky….i so appreciate your kind support! this is an important issue to my heart….

    – Jan Landers

  • Judi Taylor
    Judi Taylorover 6 years ago

    This also reminds me of Crosby, Stills and Nash .. to the last whale. Thank you for this, Jan.

  • yes! that’s the song i was trying to think of when doing this…..i knew there was another one….thanks, judi! :-)

    – Jan Landers

  • pdlitch
    pdlitchover 6 years ago

    So beautiful, truly magical!

  • thank you so much….i truly appreciate you taking time to comment…

    – Jan Landers

  • Rosina  Lamberti
    Rosina Lambertiover 6 years ago

    Beautiful and so much detail.

  • thank you, rosina…i so appreciate your kind compliment…

    – Jan Landers

  • photos40
    photos40over 6 years ago

    Such a wonderfully magical & beautifully moving piece.!!!!!!!

  • thank you so much, wayne…it is a special one to me…i appreciate your kind words….

    – Jan Landers

  • artlein
    artleinover 6 years ago

    Beautiful artwork – it has a mystical quality. The words of the song are a poignant reminder that the battle is far from over. The words of another song “Das Verlorene Paradies” (Die Schürzenjäger) come to mind also. I don’t have English words for this song however the sentiment is the same and the lyrics very touching.

  • Jan Landers
    Jan Landersover 6 years ago

    thank you for your kind words, artlein…..it makes my heart smile to know that what i do touches someone this way….and thanks to john denver….i would love to know the song you speak of….

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