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Religion that leads to extremism that leads to war. The continuous story of mankind. I had this theme in my head since a long time already. Glad that I finally put it in a song.

As always: thanks for listening.
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The sun is burning hot again
Upon your sacred land
You’re dreaming about a better life
The weapon’s in your hand

Forget about the history
There’s nothing we can do
Forget about religion, boy
The god’s inside of you

These young men in the battlefield
Have died on worthless ground
Their mothers cry upon their graves
And god is not around

Now look into the sky, my friend
There’s no one here above
Our people is not the chosen one
We should believe in love

The young men in the battlefield
Have died on worthless ground
Their mothers cry upon their graves
And god is not around
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Uploaded: Aug 23, 2006 - 12:33:22 PM
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2006 - 12:33:22 PM Last Played: May 05, 2019 - 01:25:58 PM
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Willywagga said 4652 days ago (August 23rd, 2006)
Great Song
Lyrics are simple, message is simpler still. Percussion adds a forboding
dynamic that is very effective, and initally suggests anger, but this feeling
disipates and one is left with a bereft feeling I can fully connect with. Your
voice reminds me a bit of David Sylvian in his Japan period. Which is a
good thing in my books. Once again terrific song.
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moorlandt said 4652 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
Great Song
These are nice compliments, Willy. Indeed, I tried to build up the tension, the anger with the percussion, and take it down again with the last verse, which is in fact the synopsis of the song.
David Sylvian? Never heard of him... (naaah, of course I do, this comment/compliment seems to come back with every single song I make).
Thanks again for stopping by and taking your time to listen and comment, Willy! Much appreciated.
BTW: your last song is brilliant...

Walter

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apb said 4652 days ago (August 23rd, 2006)
grew on me ..

...war ("huh! what is it good for ..") songs seem to be flavour of the
month right now ;o)... I particularly liked these lyrics.

Touch of 'Eastern promise' worked well- after the big drums come in
the vocals (especially the delivery) got much better (wasn't keen on the
delivery prior to the big drums starting).

Nice little guitar solo from synth sounds.

Final verse - works very well captures the
poignancy of the lyrics in the delivery.

Some text change suggestions: "There%u2019s no one there above" or
"There%u2019s no one up above" and "Our people are not the chosen one"
"Forget about religion,
As/'Cos God%u2019s inside us all"

Good production.

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moorlandt said 4652 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
grew on me ..
You're right for sure about this warsong trend on MJ the last couple of weeks/months! I guess it's no secret where the inspiration comes from... unfortunatly.

Thanks for the text suggestions. I always take that as a big compliment, considering that at least the lyrics are worth listening to :-)

Walter

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springclock said 4652 days ago (August 23rd, 2006)
powerful
powerful graphic to go with this song....great message....great
performance....like the way it builds and sustains itself....you always do
good work....there is a neverending sadness to this piece, yet reflects a
truth that the whole world must endure.... this is one of those tunes that
is needed right now.....like the tone to the lead and the way the guitar
almost sounds as if it is weeping....very very cool track....

peace....Ian Baird
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moorlandt said 4652 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
powerful
Thanks so much Ian for these great comments!
I love your words about the 'weeping' guitar solo, because this was exactly what it stands for: the despair and powerlessness of those thousands of mothers crying for the loss of their sons. Thanks again!

And hey, I dig your last song enourmously: pathos & passion, man...
Walter



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said 4652 days ago (August 23rd, 2006)
The landscape of death and destruction
Very evocative. I think you nailed it, Moorlandt.
said 4652 days ago (August 23rd, 2006)
The landscape of death and destruction
Very evocative. I think you nailed it, Moorlandt.
moorlandt said 4652 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
The landscape of death and destruction
Thanks a million, Richard. And I keep your (MJ chat-) proposal for a baritone duet in the back of my head...

Walter

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composerclark said 4652 days ago (August 23rd, 2006)
Powerful and haunting
Very powerful and moving song. The line, "god is not around," is
haunting, and to me, the essence of the song. I had to sit in silence for
a few minutes afterwards to think about it all. Really good work.

However, I didn't get the line, "the god's inside of you." The concept of
God being within us is fine, it's just in the context of this song I wasn't
sure it made sense; if God is inside of you (us), then he IS around, and
if God isn't around, he's not inside of you. Do you know what I mean?

The synth electric guitar solo is good, but I think it could use some
tweaking to make it even more realistic. Basically, you could be
throwing in more pitch bends, some sound decay, and some silences
between phrases, and the solo might sound even better.

Really powerful message here.


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moorlandt said 4652 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
Powerful and haunting
Thanks again, Clark, for your time to comment on my song.
Very interesting question by the way. With the expression 'The god is inside of you', I tried to say that there is no god, and that you don't have to rely on him. It's my opinion that religion and the image of any god is created by humans. So everything a god stands for is inside of yourself. Also therefore 'We should believe in love', rather than believing in religion. But hey, that's my personal view on it.
Thanks also for the suggestions on the guitar. I completely agree.

Walter

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jiguma said 4652 days ago (August 23rd, 2006)
innovative
Another very good song Walter - love the way you throw everything
slightly off balance (in a good way) with your instrumentation/melody/
harmony. This is a strong message in an innovative style - Will's use of
"foreboding" is exactly on the money, but for me it comes from the
slight chordal shifts you use. Love the voice!!
"We should believe in love" just about sums it up!
Neil
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moorlandt said 4652 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
innovative
Well, we SHOULD believe in love, shouldn't we :-) Thanks so much again, Neil. Your thoughts are always welcomed with pleasure.

Walter

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Wildcat said 4652 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
A great acoustic impact....
A great acoustic impact....
To write asong to this issue is not easy.You did such great lyrics.Only a few words but so rich in content.
The music absorbs the words.Your voice is tangent as always.Again an impressive work from you. You did great, Walter!
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moorlandt said 4652 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
A great acoustic impact....
Thank again for your lovely words, Tanja. So much appreciated. Indeed, not an obvious theme, and that's why I wanted to keep the lyrics simple and symbolic. I hope they reflect somehow a 'passe-partout' rage against any war, at any place, at any time.

Walter

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said 4651 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
Top notch!
This is excellent stuff Walter. Of course, it's only partly true.

In the twentieth century more people were killed in the name of
secularism than in all previous religious wars on record. So the
problem isn't so much religion, or even secularism, but rather what
humans choose to DO with them. There is something twisted in human
nature that enables us to falsify everything good and noble thing.

As I tried to explain in SWEET PEACE, ultimately it's "our darkened
hearts are the cause of this plight, that keeps peace---sweet peace---
so far away."

I don't disagree with the fine message in your song. I'm just attempting
to deepen the dialogue. I'm glad to find you on the side of love, peace
and rationality my friend.

Be well!
Leon said 4651 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
powerful!
This reminds me of my song "Tears and Thunder in The Battlefield" but
your arrangement on this one is more understated which gives it a very
haunting feel. The percussions/drums certainly evoke a feeling of doom
and sadness. This is powerful in its message and very well-performed in
all aspects.
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Leon said 4651 days ago (August 24th, 2006)
powerful!
This reminds me of my song "Tears and Thunder in The Battlefield" but
your arrangement on this one is more understated which gives it a very
haunting feel. The percussions/drums certainly evoke a feeling of doom
and sadness. This is powerful in its message and very well-performed in
all aspects.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
GUION said 4650 days ago (August 25th, 2006)
Deep and sensible
Very interesting composition. Deep voice and meloda. It is a beautiful
harmonic result. It has force. Very good the use of the drums with which
you reach a powerful and calm rate at the same time.
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The Infinites said 4649 days ago (August 26th, 2006)
You cannot beat the truth...
...and to be able to put a tune and words to it, means to me that there are
folk out there who would rather express themselves through music,
rather than violence. Thank you.

That's one hell of a song you've put together, big guy. It's the correct
length as a musical piece without labouring the sentiment. The words
speak volumes.

Peace, love & liberty. Macjams?

Jim.
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AquilA said 4648 days ago (August 27th, 2006)
Bullet to the Bone
You're not pulling any punches here my friend, and I'm so in tune with
what you're saying it's uncanny. Visceral stuff. Haunting lyrics and
delivery. Love the big drums and the plaintive guitar riff. If I may share
this with you here: in my house my wife has a whiteboard upon which is
written a 'Thought for the Week'. My wife is quite religous but this week
she allowed me to post this: "And on the 7th day the Lord rested. At the
site of this the Devil arose, took a look around and said "My, this is just
wonderful but it's missing something. Ahh, I've got just the thing:
religion." Great tune Walter.
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Boris the Bull said 4647 days ago (August 29th, 2006)
thoughts from the bull...
you know i adore your music, Moorlandt, and this one only adds to my
appreciation, respect, and admiration of the sounds you create.

i don't normally compare, but this one reminds me of a tidy cross
between Dead Can Dance and Bauhaus. but while neither of those
bands ever said anything in their music of real social relevance (not
that i'm aware, anyway), this piece is straight to the nose.

outside of the bold and direct lyrical content, it should be
acknowledged at just how well versed and arranged this piece is
musically. you're it, my friend, and in my house, you'll never be able to
do any wrong.

more excellent work. thank you and always glad to hear your voice!
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Pete_NB said 4646 days ago (August 29th, 2006)
Well done
Love how the music's spiriuality complements the lyrical message. Great tonal texture and the guitar sound haunting for that weeping effect you were shooting for.

My only recomendation to enhance the weeping effect would be to remove that little staccato effect that starts in the ninth measure of the solo. It's the only spot in the song that interupts the ethereal flow you have going there.
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perceptualvortex said 4645 days ago (August 30th, 2006)
Good
message, mix, writing, performances... all around and interesting and powerful song. Nice one, moorlandt!
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scotsmanlerxt said 4644 days ago (August 31st, 2006)
Death for profit.
Don't get me started on the war thing, I may be American but I'm
ashamed of my corporate government. Anyway, about your song. I think
it's ballsy and brilliant; I was thinking about writing some stuff in this
genre. I love closing my eyes and listening to this on my headphones.

Great stuff!
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bud said 4627 days ago (September 17th, 2006)
Well done...
I love the whole feel of this piece - your voice is strong and committed
and the arrangement is right-on. Glad I found your work.

PS - your daughter's song is great too! I'm also a proud parent. My
daughter's band has a tune on my site (Frankenstein Girl), and a collab
with me (You are the Illusions).
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onesweetworld said 4624 days ago (September 20th, 2006)
moving
This song is very powerful and intense...as it should be. I loved it when
the drums came into the song followed by the guitar solo. It set the
mood perfectly. I like the strength and clarity of your voice. Have you
ever thought of maybe layering or harmonizing your voice at certain parts
to make various parts of the song stronger?

Excellent and well thought out lyrics.
Bravo!
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onesweetworld said 4624 days ago (September 20th, 2006)
moving
This song is very powerful and intense...as it should be. I loved it when
the drums came into the song followed by the guitar solo. It set the
mood perfectly. I like the strength and clarity of your voice. Have you
ever thought of maybe layering or harmonizing your voice at certain parts
to make various parts of the song stronger?

Excellent and well thought out lyrics.
Bravo!
Check out my latest song called Such Great Heights (cover)
said 4620 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
love it
Very floyd, great sound quality, quite engaging song, good job
trebbia said 4620 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
Great tune!
Hey Moorlandt!

I really like this song. It has a very special feel to it. I really dig the drums, they are very cool, how did you play them? Programming or?

Well, it has been very nice to work with you on Valkyri, you did a fantastic job!!! Honest!

Keep up the good work, and dont hesitate to invite me to another project!!! I most certainly could use your help another time!

/Jonas:-)
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moorlandt said 4620 days ago (September 24th, 2006)
thanks
Thanks Jonas for these fine comments. The drums were played on the keyboard.

Walter

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Schello said 4605 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
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Intensiv, intensiv, intensiv!
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echoesbleeding said 4603 days ago (October 11th, 2006)
Intense
The lyrics are very moving in themselves, but paired with the music they really make an impact. I love how there is not a TON of things going on so yo can pick out each individual thing. When the drums come in with the harmonies it really becomes quite epic. Almost a historical chant.

Beautiful.
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echoroom said 4574 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
Sweet and dark
This track has a wonderful sense of depth and foreboding... a great build-up, released by the introducton of the toms. Production is crisp, and the instrumentation is subtle and uncluttered. The solo adds a wonderful sense of drama. Kinda 80's fel to the track and vocals (which is now very contemporary, of course) - you have a wonderful deep voice.

Great track.

Steve
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moorlandt said 4574 days ago (November 10th, 2006)
Thanks, Steve
Hey, thank you Steve! It's always a nice surprise when someone comments on an 'older' song. Meanwhile I discovered that this song appears in the selection of 800 anti-war songs on Neil Young's site (http://neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/lwwsongspage.html), together with lots of others MJ-ers songs. Maybe it should be a good idea to list them all in the forum one day...
Thanks again for your time and effort to comment.

-Walter

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said 4571 days ago (November 12th, 2006)
I agree with sentiment
But if children were taught to think rationally, those that are in power would no longer be in power; so it's better to keep them mesmerized with magical thinking and motivated to do your bidding with unseen promises.
Teach them that there are things that are perplexing because "it's a mystery" rather than "hey, you're right, that fairy tale doesn't make logical or moral sense".
Excellent music too.
RickB1 said 4562 days ago (November 21st, 2006)
Sobering and Sad
I like the subtle middle eastern flavor you sprinkle through the song through the flute and guitar accompaniment. The build-up of the drums syncopates my mental images of the ruin of war. I also tried to write something with a reference to the middle east (Via Maris), though not as dark. If you get a chance to give it a listen and find anything in there you can use ina collab, feel free! The stark lyrics are very effective, too.
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Mute Albino said 4516 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
Strange
I can't play this song in Safari, Firefox, not even in iTunes and Quicktime after downloading ???
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moorlandt said 4516 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
right
you're right, and thanks for letting me know. I sent a mail to the admins...

- Walter

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Peter Greenstone said 4515 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
broken for me too
I look forward to hearing this when the admins fix it.

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