Battle
Blood Sweat & Tears Lyrics


While the king and queen lie sleeping
And their daughters smile so nice
Brothers wait through windows
And the peasants die for rice
And here I'm standing naked
Laughing madly at the sun
Though I wanted to sleep late today
The Battle's just begun

Oh, the Devil in all his wisdom
The father in all his grace
The servant's sons are washed in blood
And the man has run his race

A moving target looms behind the street where soldiers stood
Siren screams out desperately
Like only humans could
And standing on my balcony
I watch the battle run
Yes the war is never over
But the day is never done

Oh, the Devil in all his wisdom
The father in all his grace
The servant's sons are washed in blood
And the man has run his race

Six-white horses like the wind are running
Five are far behind
The captain lost his daughter
The sergeant lost his mind
The soldiers they still scream for riches
Even though they swore
That sons and daughters wouldn't live
Unless we won the war

Oh, the Devil in all his wisdom
The father in all his grace
The servant's sons are washed in blood
And the man has run his race

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Written by: DICK HALLIGAN, STEVEN E KATZ

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Comments from YouTube:

Chriss Hill

I haven't heard the battle for years favorite best song

POPTUBE57

Preciosa y olvidada cancion de este grupo.

CatManDEW

I actually owned this album on 8-track, back in the day.

rjciccone

RIP Dick Halligan. “The Battle” was one of the few BS&T songs he got writing credit for - this one with Steve Katz

Dhumma Vati

Steve Katz (the guy second from right on the album cover) wrote and sang this song about the Kent State University killings in 1970. Today is the 50th anniversary of those killings. Thanks, Steve. I still remember this song. I was about 13 when I first heard it. Still remember it to this day.

Joseph Glatz

It refers to Medieval times, but when you think about it, the lyrics are also probably analogous to Vietnam

garett schwatka

Pokin around in my grandma's basement and stumbled upon this record,put it on the record player and loved it. epic song

steve tjehlt

This is a thinking man's tune. I love it!

egmjag

I've never heard what seems to be the more obscure songs by this band. I've only heard the more popular hits by them, and the early 70s and probably before sound very different. Did their sound change in the mid 70s or even earlier than that? Some of their 1970 songs sound similar to Emerson, Lake and Palmer. I prefer this sound than the popular one that I was more familiar with. What a fantastic era to have lived through. Is this kind of sound what was known as progressive rock?

Marcelo Inustroza

@Ed Watts yes it is...

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