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Lives In The Balance
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Jackson Browne

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I've been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear
You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you've seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war

And there's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs

On the radio talk shows and the T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the u.s.a. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends -
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can't take any more
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

There's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can't even say the names

They sell us the president the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars
I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they're never the ones to fight or to die
And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

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Performance #1:
Date Performance 1986-00-00
Running Time 4:18
Performers Jackson Browne (Produced By), James Geddes (Recorded By), James Geddes (Mixed By), Tchad Blake (Recording Assisted By), Bill(y) Jackson (Recording Assisted By), Coke Johnson (Recording Assisted By), Greg Ladanyi (Mixed By), Russ(ell) Kunkel (Drums), Bob Glaub (Bass), Bill(y)/William Payne (Synthesizers), Jai (Jay) Winding (Synthesizers), Jorge Strunz (Guitar), Hugo Pedroza (Charongo), Hugo Pedroza (Tiple), Quique Cruz (Zampona), Jackson Browne (Vocals), Jackson Browne (Acoustic Guitar), Jackson Browne (Sequencer), Debra/Deborah Dobkin (Harmony Vocals), Mindy Sterling (Harmony Vocals)
Appears On
Lives In The Balance (1986)
Jackson Browne
The Next Voice You Hear: The Best Of Jackson Browne (1997)
Jackson Browne

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Published by: Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP

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Lives in the balance
Review written by Anonymous, June 3rd, 2007

This album was recorded in 1986 and the story fresh today. This song tells the story of war and the truths unknown to many. Browne is an awesome musician and songwriter far ahead of his time.

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2007-04-25