Water Not Weapons

from by Bill 'Jambavan' Pfleging

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Dedicated to the late great Pete Seeger. Pete had created an initiative called Water Not Weapons (waternotweapons.org), to try convincing the USA and the UN to give aid to third world countries in the form of water assistance, rather than weapons. A couple years before he died, he asked for songwriters to write songs for the cause. This is my offering.
(the website seems dormant, hope it still lives.)

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I.
People need water, not weapons.
Clear and clean, falling from the heavens,
Filling our lakes, and our streams, and flowing through our dreams.
People need water, not weapons.

II.
People need water, not war.
The don't even know what they're fighting for.
People need peace, and love, and sunlight from above
And people need water, not war.

III.
People need water, not weapons.
No more war dances, no more goose-steppin'.
People need to dance, and sing, but more than anything
People need water, not weapons.

IV .
Om Shanti Om, Om Shanti Om (4x)

V.
People need water, not war.
Ain't gonna study war no more.
People need peace, and love, and sunlight from above.
And people need water, Not war.

VI.
Your brother needs water, not weapons.
Your sister needs water, not war.
Your children need water, not weapons.
The world needs water, Not war.

VII.
Om Shanti Om, Om Shanti Om (4x)
Om Shanti Om (4x and Out)

credits

from Recurring Dreams, released May 11, 2017
Om Shanti is a Tibetan prayer for Peace.
This song features a 6-string banjo (aka Banjatar) as my musical memorial to Pete. I'm also playing the wonderful Avante Gryphon by Joe Veillette (veilletteguitars.com), a short neck, high tuned 12-string guitar, that gives it almost a mandolin sound.

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Bill 'Jambavan' Pfleging Woodstock, New York

Bill has been a singer/songwriter since the early 1970's. He plays and sings his original songs in concert, as well as leading chants for kirtan. Singing ancient Sanskrit mantras over 6,000 years old, his chants have evolved into expressions of universal love. We find peace in the bliss of chant. Music is the vibration of love. Love is all in the Universe. So come sing! We are, indeed, 1.

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