Tom Waits - Road to Peace

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Young Abdel Madi Shabneh
Was only 18 years old
The youngest of nine children,
Never spent a night
Away from home.
And his mother held his photograph,
Up in the New York Times
To see the killing has intensified
Along the road to peace

A tall, thin boy with a whispy moustache
Disguised as an Orthodox Jew
On a crowded bus in Jerusalem,
Some had survived World War Two
And the thunderous explosion
Blew out windows
200 yards away
More retribution and seventeen dead
Along the road to peace

At King George Avenue and Jaffa Road
Passengers boarded bus 14a
In the aisle next to the driver
Abdel Madi Shabneh
And the last thing that he said
On earth was "God is great and God is good"
And he blew them all to kingdom come
Upon the road to peace

In response to this, another kiss
Of death was visited upon
Yashir Tehah Israel said is an Hamas
Senior militant
Israel sent four choppers in,
Flames engulfed his white Opel and
It killed his wife and his three year old child
Leaving only blackened skeletons

They found toddler`s bottle and a pair
Of small shoes and waved them in
Front of the cameras, but Israel
Said they did not know that
His wife and child were in the car
There are roadblocks everywhere
And only suffering on TV
Neither side will ever give up their smallest
Right along the road to peace

Israel launched its latest campaign
Against Hamas on Tuesday
Two days later Hamas shot back
And killed five Israeli soldiers
Though thousands dead and wounded
On both sides
Most have been
Middle Eastern civilians
They fill their children
Full of hate
To fight an old man's war
And die upon the road to peace

"And this is our land
we will fight with all our force"
Say the Palestinians
And the Jews
Each side will cut off the hand
Of anyone who tries to stop the resistance
If thy right eye offends thee then
You must pluck it out
And Machoud Abbas and
Sharon had been lost
Along the road to peace

Once Kissinger said "we have no friends,
America only has interests"
Now our president wants to be seen
As a hero and he's hungry for re-election
But he is reluctant to risk his
Future in the fear of his political failures
So he plays chess at his desk
And poses for the press
10,000 miles from the road to peace

In the video they found at the home
Of Abdel Madi Shabnech
He held a Kalashnikov riffle
And he spoke with the voice
More like a boy
He was an excellent student,
He studied so hard, it was as
If he had a future and he told
His mother he had a test that day
Along the road to peace

The fundamentalist killing
On both sides are standing in the
Path of peace
But tell me why are we arming the Israeli
Army with guns and tanks and bullets?
And if God is great
And God is good
Why can't he change the
Hearts of men?
Maybe God himself is lost
And needs help
Maybe God himself he needs
All of our help
Maybe God himself is lost
And needs help
He's out up on the road to peace

Maybe God himself is lost
And needs help
Maybe God himself needs
All of our help
And he's lost upon
The road to peace



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