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  1. No Blood For Oil

From the recording American Dream

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About The Song

In January 2003 I was indulging in one of my favourite pastimes - browsing through bookshops - when I saw a series of books about the Second World War. Several of the books dealt with the Holocaust, and the rise of Fascism in the years preceding the Second World War. I was reminded of images of Nazi's burning piles of proscribed books in the streets of German cities. Within minutes I began writing the first line of the song which originally read, "You burn the books at midnight..." I later changed this to "You burn the truth at midnight...", and used the lead up to Gulf War II (on Iraq), as the theme for the song. Subsequent events in the conduct of that war, have not changed my opinions regarding anything I have expressed in the song.

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Lyrics

No Blood For Oil

© 2003, Jim Lesses. All Rights Reserved.


You burn the truth at midnight; The flames light up the sky.

You stand around and warm your hands, and watch our freedoms die.

You start your wars for Mammon; For capital and greed;

Start your wars for land and oil, and watch our children bleed.  

CHORUS

No blood for oil! No oil for your ‘freedom’,

Your freedom is worthless; When you pay with our lives.

No blood for oil! No oil for your ‘freedom’,

Your freedom is worthless; When you pay with our lives.

You shackle us with terror; You blind us all with fear.

And all the while you tear away, at all that we hold dear.

Turn neighbour against neighbour; Breed hate beneath the sun.

Smash our doors; start your wars, with a bible and a gun.

CHORUS

No blood for oil! No oil for your ‘freedom’,

Your freedom is worthless; When you pay with our lives.

No blood for oil! No oil for your ‘freedom’,

Your freedom is worthless; When you pay with our lives.

BRIDGE

And all around the world, the calls for peace crash in like waves,

But you ignore our very cries, and send us to our graves.
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No blood for oil...

Repeat CHORUS as required

CODA: I said, No blood for oil!