4 thoughts on “Time’s Up

  1. Once upon a time in the land of hush-a-bye
    Around about the wondrous days of yore
    They came across a sort of box
    Bound up with chains and locked with locks
    And labeled “kindly do not touch, its war”

    Decree was issued round about
    With a flourish and a shout
    And a gaily colored mascot tripping lightly on to the floor
    Don’t fiddle with this deadly box or break the chains or pick the locks
    And please, don’t ever play about with war

    Well, the children understood
    Children happen to be good
    They were just as good around the time of yore
    They didn’t try to pick the locks, or break into that deadly box
    They never tried to play about with war

    Mommies didn’t either
    Sisters, aunts, grannies neither
    Cause they were quiet and sweet and pretty in those wondrous days of yore
    Well, very much the same as now, not the ones to blame somehow
    For opening up that deadly box of war

    But someone did
    Someone battered in the lid
    And spilled the insides out across the floor
    A sort of bouncy, bumpy ball made up of guns and flags and all the tears and horror and the death that goes with war

    It bounced right out
    And went bashing all about
    And bumping into everything in store
    And what was sad and most unfair is that it didn’t really seem to care much who it bumped
    Or why, or what, or for

    It bumped the children mainly
    And I’ll tell you this quite plainly
    It bumps them every day, and more and more, and leaves them dead and burned and dying
    Thousands of them sick and crying
    Cause when it bumps, it’s really very sore

    Now there’s a way to stop the ball
    It isn’t difficult at all
    All it takes is wisdom, I’m absolutely sure that we could get it back into the box
    And bind the chains and lock the locks
    No one seems to want to save the children any more

    Well, that’s the way it all appears
    Cause it’s been bouncing round for years and years
    In spite of all the wisdom wiz since those wondrous days of yore
    And the time they came across the box
    Bound up with chains and locked with locks
    And labeled “kindly do not touch, its war.”

  2. A good one from John Denver some years ago. I don’t actually know if he wrote it, but I know he recorded it. I liked it then, still do today.
    Thanks for posting it.

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