The hard path to peace

Time: 05:10

The Hard Path to Peace is a piano-based melodic story, with jazz drums and upright bass turned modern through midi. One listener called it a gentle song of great violence. The melody came to me in a dream.

In some ways, the wars we fight today are different than those we fought in the past. Disability is more common than death and there is no clear end. Sometimes there is no clear objective. Women work with combat units, even if they aren’t assigned to active combat duty. A close female friend of mine took sniper fire while combat driving for the 101st airborne in Iraq. Another served as part of the Human Terrain Team in Afghanistan. This song blends their stories, and critiques Republican and Democratic administrations for different things.

Lyrics:

2009-2011

After the end of leave
Fumbling with her fatigue
And little time for talk
With my lover in Iraq.

Under the eagle’s beak
Let’s live creatively.
Why do we fall for speech
And easy talk of peace?

And in the law, a low
Where all the killers go
We follow.

Far down the hard path to peace
Are we so quickly appeased?
We wait, we hold to belief
Far down the hard path to peace.

A new tour and no end
Over Afghanistan
We give a prize for peace
While the eagles eat.

And every perfect speech
Works to our conceit.
And each idea’s end
We lost as we slept.

And in this high terrain
Might we escape
The refrain?

Far down the hard path to peace
Are we so quickly appeased?
Once more, love, unto the breach
Far down the hard path to peace.

Far down the hard path to peace
Far down the hard path to peace.

New disabilities
Folding up her fatigues
We keep a reverent peace
‘til the laying of the wreath.

I’ll deal with my grief
But can’t we choose
Not to believe?

Far down the hard path to peace.
Are we so quickly appeased?
I waste ‘til I lose belief
Far down the hard path to peace.