Fight for Peace

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References: Vonnegut's Personal Letters, Vonnegut's Views on Jesus, Vonnegut's Views on Peace, Humanism.

This is a song that's less based on Vonnegut's books than it is Vonnegut's overall worldviews. As central to his work as war was, peace was always there alongside it, albeit just out of reach. Vonnegut seemed to recognize that peace always had war as a stepping stone in its way, and that ultimately peace was the one thing worth fighting for. Which always sounds stupid. But it's always true.

The song really sprouted out of an article I read that was written by a friend of Vonnegut's. The friend wrote that when he became a Christian, Vonnegut--a Christ-loving Atheist--send him a letter essentially expressing, "Daniel, I hear you have become a Christian. I forgive you." I love him for that.

This song is one of my favorites on the album. It's a very Derek Brink song. The chorus and delay effects. The high notes in the background vocal. This is the type of song I really like writing and I think this one turned out particularly well.

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Beloved, I forgive you.
You know not what you’ve done.
I know that you mean well
and this is all in fun.
You’ll show me nothing new
under the sun.
So I hope you’ll forgive me too,
if it seems I’ve already won.

For all you’ve learned
and all you gave.
For all your hope
beyond the grave.
For every pious word you say
I can’t take any more.
What are you so afraid of?
It’s all a labor of love--
forgiving everything…
forgetting everything…
and doing good.

One thought I would give you
that would serve you well.
The Beatitudes are Jesus.
The Ten Commandments are Hell.
As long as there’s a lower class
or a prisoner in a cell,
there we see our brothers
and there we see ourselves.

For all that’s standing
in our way.
For every price we’ve yet to pay.
For every word betrayed,
just lay down your--
lay down your arms.
And follow someone beautiful.
Imagine something wonderful.
And only fight for peace.
Only fight for peace…

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from * (Asterisk), released November 11, 2018

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