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"Give 'Em All Guns"

"Give 'Em All Guns"

In response to last week's tragedy in Newtown, CT, Rabbi Joe Black of Temple Emanuel in Denver, CO, a noted Reform Jewish musician, wrote a song called "Give 'Em All Guns," which he shared on YouTube. He sings, "March forward no retreating / There can be no compromise. / Hear the drums that we are beating / Taste the logic of our lies." The full lyrics are below.

Too many people feeling aimless
Too many hanging up the phone
You know that no one here is blameless
Don't make them face their fears alone
It's not our duty to constrain them
It's not our way to curb their fun
The gilded cage we've built contains them
It's time to give 'em all guns

There's not enough here who are willing
Not enough blood on our screens
We have the chance to make a killing
Bring out the newest fun machines
Too many children are contented
There's a war that must be won
With fear and hopelessness cemented
It's time to give 'em all guns

March forward no retreating
There can be no compromise.
Hear the drums that we are beating
Taste the logic of our lies.

No time for any contemplation
There's too much money to be made
Bullets, steel and desecration
Pull the trigger, feel the blade
The headlines scream out our frustration
Another damaged mother's son
Yesterday's anger must be rationed
It's time to give 'em all guns

Words and Music - Joseph R. Black | © 12/14/2012 Lanitunes Music - All Rights Reserved

About the Author

Kate Bigam is the social media and community manager for the Union for Reform Judaism, in which capacity she also serves as a content manager/editor for She is also a proud alumna of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Eisendrath Legislative Assistant fellowship and its Machon Kaplan work/study program. A native Ohioan, Kate grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, and is an alumna of Kent State University with a degree in magazine journalism.

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