• WAR •

War,
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
War,
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
Say it again.

War, good God!
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
Listen to me!

Ohhh, war, I despise
Because it means destruction
Of innocent lives.
War means tears
To thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go to fight
And lose their lives.

I said, war,
Good God, y’all!
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
Say it again!

War, whoa, Lord.
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
Listen to me!

War, it ain’t nothing
But a heartbreaker.
War, friend only to the undertaker.
Ooooh, war
It’s an enemy to all mankind.
The point of war blows my mind.
War has caused unrest
Within the younger generation.
Induction then destruction.
Who wants to die?


Aaaaah, war
Good God y’all!
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
Say it, say it, say it!
War.
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
Listen to me!

War.
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
Uh-huh
War, yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
Say it again y’all!
War, good God!
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
Listen to me!

War, it ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker.
War, it’s got one friend
That’s the undertaker.
Ooooh, war, has shattered
Many a young mans dreams.
Made him disabled, bitter and mean.
Life is much to short and precious
To spend fighting wars these days.
War can’t give life
It can only take it away.

War.
Good God y’all!
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!
Say it again!

War, whoa, Lord!
What is it good for!
Absolutely nothing!
Listen to me!

War, it ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker.
War, friend only to the undertaker.
Peace, love and understanding-
Tell me, is there no place for them today?
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But Lord knows there’s got to be a better way

War!
Good God y’all!
What is it good for?
You tell me!
Say it, say it, say it, say it!

War!
Good God y’all!
What is it good for?
Stand up and shout it!
Nothing!

 
                                                                         
~ adapted lyrics from the original by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong for Edwin Starr’s War

ĀṜ

 
 

A U.S. Army soldier in Vietnam on 18 June 1965 (AP Photo/Horst Faas, File)

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