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Rich Man's War Lyrics

"Rich Man's War" was written by Steve Earle.
"Rich Man's War" was written by Steve Earle.

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Jimmy joined the army cause he had no place to go
There aint nobody hirin
round here since all the jobs went
down to Mexico
Reckoned that hed learn himself a trade maybe see the world
Move to the city someday and marry a black haired girl
Somebody somewhere had another plan
Now hes got a rifle in his hand
Rollin into Baghdad wonderin how he got this far
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich mans war

Bobby had an eagle and a flag tattooed on his arm
Red white and blue to the bone when he landed in Kandahar
Left behind a pretty young wife and a baby girl
A stack of overdue bills and went off to save the world
Been a year now and hes still there
Chasin ghosts in the thin dry air
Meanwhile back at home the finance company took his car
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich mans war

When will we ever learn
When will we ever see
We stand up and take our turn
And keep tellin ourselves were free

Ali was the second son of a second son
Grew up in Gaza throwing bottles and rocks when the tanks would come
Aint nothin else to do around here just a game children play
Somethin bout livin in fear all your life makes you hard that way

He answered when he got the call
Wrapped himself in death and praised Allah
A fat man in a new Mercedes drove him to the door
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich mans war

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