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Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly.

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain.

You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion'
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud.

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins.

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do.

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes it's toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul.

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand over your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead.

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    Bob Equality DornJun 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm
    This is my favorite Dylan lyrics ever.. and SO appropriate still today..
    You fasten all the triggers.
    For the others to fire.
    Then you set back and watch.
    When the death count gets higher.
    You hide in your mansion'.
    As young people's blood.
    Flows out of their bodies.
    And is buried in the mud.
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 14, 2012 at 9:51 am
    People profiting from the vietnam war. A chance to see their new weapons in action, making it a thing to look forward to.
  • U
    UnregisteredFeb 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm
    War profiteers making money selling weapons lie to the people ie. (911 inside job). Fool the public into supporting war after war, young men get killed, come back a wreck to be jobless, homeless and discarded. The song expresses the rightious anger one who sees through the lies has for these greedy folks.
  • U
    UnregisteredJan 16, 2012 at 11:11 am
    This song has nothing to do with the cuban missle crisis. It was just written after it, at least accordcing to suze rotolo. This "meaning" section is absurd bull.
  • a
    aceofspades535Apr 24, 2008 at 2:19 pm
    This song has to do with some of the things faced during post world war II. During the Korean war and the Cold war against the Soviet union.

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