Thanks to Rob for this:

This isn’t news, but it still is incredibly appropriate today.

But… Guns ‘N Roses is “devil music”, so why is this true? Did i perhaps get brainwashed by the tail end of the 80’s mental/metal vanguard, even after all those warnings in the christian school about the inherent evil? Am i too far gone because i suspect the roles have been reversed for the last play?

And this is only one piece. from another song, Garden of Eden – “Most organized religions make a mockery of humanity, our governments are dangerous and out of control”. What the HELL?

i can just see going back to that baptist church where as a child, they tried so hard to pre-brainwash me *against* the entire genre. Then i got thrown to the wolves in public schools (at almost exactly the same time as the song came out– even though i wouldn’t hear it for years or understand it for a decade).

After everything, i can tell them how “our beloved, God-sponsored government” is evil, an overdose of religious freedom is poison, and, ironically, some heavy metal carries more truth about the actual world we live in. And they either throw me out or maybe they just pity me because my self-deception is complete and only a random decision by God can recover me.

So i’ve got to wonder why the twin albums are titled Use Your Illusion I and II. More than a little intriguing to me, since i’m staring directly at the line between two opposing schools of thought.

Still, because i recognize God’s claim to all truth, i see that nobody on earth has a monopoly. Everybody has some. And in the end, it’s simply not about choosing a right side – but receiving the Spirit of truth, right?

Here ya go…

Guns N’ Roses
Civil War

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.
Some men you just can’t reach…
So, you get what we had here last week,
which is the way he wants it!
Well, he gets it!
N’ I don’t like it any more than you men.” *

Look at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they’ve always done before

Look at the hate we’re breeding
Look at the fear we’re feeding
Look at the lives we’re leading
The way we’ve always done before

My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can’t deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars

D’you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said “Peace could last forever”
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can’t trust freedom
When it’s not in your hands
When everybody’s fightin’
For their promised land

And
I don’t need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
I don’t need your civil war

Look at the shoes you’re filling
Look at the blood we’re spilling
Look at the world we’re killing
The way we’ve always done before
Look in the doubt we’ve wallowed
Look at the leaders we’ve followed
Look at the lies we’ve swallowed
And I don’t want to hear no more

My hands are tied
For all I’ve seen has changed my mind
But still the wars go on as the years go by
With no love of God or human rights
‘Cause all these dreams are swept aside
By bloody hands of the hypnotized
Who carry the cross of homicide
And history bears the scars of our civil wars

“We practice selective annihilation of mayors
And government officials
For example to create a vacuum
Then we fill that vacuum
As popular war advances
Peace is closer” **

I don’t need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
And I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need your civil war
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need one more war


Whaz so civil ’bout war anyway

* Strother Martin – from the film “Cool Hand Luke”
** Peruvian Guerilla General