This poem is pro-art, anti-war and anti-gun,
and if you don’t agree with me,
well, you ain’t got to read it, son.
This poem is inspired by Dan Nichols, Pete Seeger, and the Yehuda Amichai quote below:
Don’t stop after beating the swords
into plowshares, don’t stop! Go on beating
and make musical instruments out of them.
Whoever wants to make war again
will have to turn them into plowshares first.
– Yehuda Amichai
Every word, every note, and every work of art,
Fills the world with joy, and that’s a start.
What kind of souls do not love music?
I can’t say I know a single one.
So give everyone a guitar, a banjo, or a drum,
In exchange for every single weapon.
Maybe if we gave everyone an instrument,
Then they couldn’t hold a gun.
They’d be too busy making music,
To start a fight with anyone.
You wouldn’t have to start a draft,
To form this giant marching band.
Every kid would want to join fast,
Carrying songs within their hearts.
We’d all have to learn to work together,
To fill the world up with a new song.
We’d be too busy writing lyrics,
To even think of making bombs.
This band would only sing of peace,
When it danced through every land.
You can’t be bothered with words of hatred,
When you’re busy singing, man.
Now people may still argue about genre or composition,
But all the wars’ll go out the door,
When they’re not soldiers but musicians.
In this new world we’d settle scores,
With giant battles of bands not bullets.
Instead of declaring another war,
All enemies would have to sing a duet.
It’d be a world of song leaders,
Uniting every person in song.
Instead of pompous world leaders,
Who don’t know right from wrong.
No more will die, and rhythmic feet will fly,
From these new musical traditions.
So let’s stop making guns, start making art,
And we’ll make a new revolution.
If I could make some changes, I tell you what I’d do.
Throw away the guns and the bombs and the war,
Keep the love from me to you. Lots of love from me to you.
“Jeremiah was a Bullfrog” as adapted by
Sharon, Lois, and Bram, for “Band on the Run”
Season 4, Episode 13