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Ready for War | Pray for Peace

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I was driving one day and taking advantage of my three-month trial subscription to Sirius XM, I had tuned into the channel called Octane, which I figured out plays all hardcore rock, and this one song caught my attention.  The neat thing about the HD radio is it displays the artist and song title so that if anytime I hear a song I like I’ll know exactly what it is without having to wait for the DJ to announce at the end (but most of the time they don’t which can be so frustrating).

So this song was called “Ready for War (Pray for Peace)” by an American band called Adelita’s Way (you can read about them here).  Now first time I heard it I didn’t quite get all the lyrics (it can be bit tricky juggling between watching the road and listening to the radio at the same time, especially if it’s a new song).  But the title alone was what got me in the first place, and later that day I went to Google and found the complete lyrics:

You live your life recklessly
It’s hard to hide jealousy
You talk a mile a minute
You take the truth and spin it
You took it to the limit (don’t blame me)
Survival of the fittest
You cut my fuse and lit it
And I’m a psycho menace (don’t blame me)
I don’t wanna have to do this again

I pray for peace but I’m ready for war
I pray for change ’cause I’ve been here before
I pray for peace but I’m ready for war
I pray for peace but I’m ready for war
I pray for peace but I’m ready for war

My heart and soul is tempting me (To waste your place in history)
You start to fall bend and break, (Your weak disease is your misery)
You talk a mile a minute
You take the truth and spin it
You took it to the limit (don’t blame me)
Survival of the fittest
You cut my fuse and lit it
And I’m a psycho menace (don’t blame me)
I don’t wanna have to do this again

Now the song sounded pretty politically charged, like the speaker is venting his frustration for the leaders for only talking the talk but never walking the walk (Which is quite typical of politics).  So basically the speaker is saying since the leaders won’t deliver on their promises he would take it up on himself to set things right, even if it means using force.  But at the same time the speaker maintains his hope in the leaders to make the right moves.

At least that’s what I think the song is saying.  I’m sure there are other interpretations to it but so far this is what I managed to spin up.  I came to like this song and drew me to create a visual representation of it.  It’s basically a literal translation of the song’s title, just keeping it simple.  But I’m planning a different, larger version of this piece in the not so distant future, maybe a little more 3D mixed media ensemble.  Only time will tell if I’ll ever get that going.

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