Wars Ragin'

from Wars Ragin' by Abe Vandenberg

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"Wars Ragin" is a delicious heartland-style rocker with big, jangly guitars and a chorus you canít help but hum along to. The theme is the ease with which we can wrap ourselves in our loves and forget about whatís going on in the world at large. "Wars Ragin" is a song with strong commercial potential.

While listening to Vandenberg sing about his everyday routine, you might miss the political nature of the lyrics ("I can't forget over there a war is ragin"). It's a stark contrast between innocuous instrumentation and trying to rationalize "funding fights while we claim that we're saving."

lyrics

Sit at home watching TV [F# / C#7]
Watch the news or a comedy [F# / B7]
Step out side, drive down the road, without [F# / C#7]
Worry that another car might explode, [F# / B7]

I can’t forget over there War is raging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
Sure don't see the War here that we're waging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]

With Trips to town to walk around [F# / C#7]
Getting coffee or checking email [F# / B7]
Talking with friends out on the street [F# / C#7]
Walking outside and living it safely [F# / B7]
So many faces I see, any given day, don’t seem [F# / C#7]
To think about, the wars that our country's [F# / B7]

Funding Fights while we claim that we're saving [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
We send the best giving them little rest and [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
While Here at Home some don't even think about it [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
I can’t forget our War’s are raging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]

All the Killing I put out of my mind [C#7 / B7]
Even though everything now here is fine [C#7 / B7]
It’s only a matter of time until [C#7 / B7]
What’s done in our game really hits home [C#7 / B7]

Until then how can we wonder suffering for it
[F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
Cause unlike those where War's raging, [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]

We’re still Driving home where there’s electricity [F# / C#7]
Having water from the faucet to drink, [F# / B7]v
Then read a book or have over company [F# / C#7]
Dream through the night and still, have a family [F# / B7]

I don’t forget that War's raging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
I won’t forget that Wars are raging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
I can't forget this is our War that's raging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
All I'm Saying it's our Wars that we're Wagin [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7 / B7]

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from Wars Ragin', released January 2, 2010
Abe Vandenberg

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Abe's Logic

Abe's Logic is my solo project. There's a variety of styles, kind of a ska funk garage rock with mixtures of voice, guitars, drums, bass, sax, B3, rhodes, piano...and the occasional ukulele. I've made all of this in my studio (meaning that I have a computer ;-) ... more

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