Masters of war is a song by bob dylan written over the winter of 1962 63 and released on the album the freewheelin bob dylan in the spring of 1963 the songs melody was adapted from the traditional nottamun town dylans lyrics are a protest against the cold war nuclear arms build up of the early 1960s. Via youtube capture this feature is not available right now please try again later. Come you masters of war you that build all the guns you that build the death planes you that build the big 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 its your little toy you put a gun in my hand. Masters of war is supposed to be a pacifistic song against war its not an anti war song its speaking against what eisenhower was calling a military industrial complex as he was making . Bob dylan said in an interview for usa today in 2001 masters of war is supposed to be a pacifistic song against war its not an anti war song its speaking against what eisenhower was calling a military industrial complex as he was making his exit from the presidency that spirit was in the air and i picked it up
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