With God on Our Side
Bob Dylan Lyrics


Oh my name it ain't nothin'
My age it means less
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I was taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And that land that I live in
Has God on its side

Oh, the history books tell it
They tell it so well
The cavalries charged
The Indians fell
The cavalries charged
The Indians died
Oh, the country was young
With God on its side

The Spanish-American
War had its day
And the Civil War, too
Was soon laid away
And the names of the heroes
I was made to memorize
With guns in their hands
And God on their side

The First World War, boys
It came and it went
The reason for fighting
I never did get
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don't count the dead
When God's on your side

The Second World War
Came to an end
We forgave the Germans
And then we were friends
Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now, too
Have God on their side

I've learned to hate the Russians
All through my whole life
If another war comes
It's them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side

But now we got weapons
Of chemical dust
If fire them, we're forced to
Then fire, them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God's on your side

Through many a dark hour
I've been thinkin' about this
That Jesus Christ was
Betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you
You'll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side.

So now as I'm leavin'
I'm weary as Hell
The confusion I'm feelin'
Ain't no tongue can tell
The words fill my head
And fall to the floor
That if God's on our side
He'll stop the next war

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Written by: BOB DYLAN

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R. R. Rubin

Oh my name it ain't nothin'
My age it means less
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I was taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And that land that I live in
Has God on its side
Oh, the history books tell it
They tell it so well
The cavalries charged
The Indians fell
The cavalries charged
The Indians died
Oh, the country was young
With God on its side
The Spanish-American
War had its day
And the Civil War, too
Was soon laid away
And the names of the heroes
I was made to memorize
With guns in their hands
And God on their side
The First World War, boys
It came and it went
The reason for fighting
I never did get
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don't count the dead
When God's on your side
The Second World War
Came to an end
We forgave the Germans
And then we were friends
Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now, too
Have God on their side
I've learned to hate the Russians
All through my whole life
If another war comes
It's them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side
But now we got weapons
Of chemical dust
If fire them, we're forced to
Then fire, them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God's on your side
Through many a dark hour
I've been thinkin' about this
That Jesus Christ was
Betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you
You'll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side.
So now as I'm leavin'
I'm weary as Hell
The confusion I'm feelin'
Ain't no tongue can tell
The words fill my head
And fall to the floor
That if God's on our side
He'll stop the next war



All comments from YouTube:

Samu93c

One of the most relevant and beautiful poem ever written.

buzz magister

I hope it one day becomes irrelevant but don't plan on holding my breath.

susan yonkman

My favorite Bob Dylan song, surprisingly.

Nandi

Hmm tasty

Dave Deckwa

So, so true. Like so many of Dylan's lyrics, we  should have listened  fifty years ago and it would have been a better world today.

Francis Smith

I believe this is one of the few Bob Dylan songs that is not up for interpretation.

GriNGo JR

@Shen Ruivah If you're referring to the album ''Saved'' I've heard a few long time dylan fans who said a lot of it was an almost satire take on religious salvation, but who knows

Paul Francis

@Shen Ruivah I suspect the "God on our side" refrain is a piece of political satire, as so often has the phrase been used around the Christian world, and probably beyond: it's beyond cliche. So there's nothing religious here, I'd guess, Just a strangely beautiful cynicism

Lucky Dave

@Shen Ruivah He was always looking for answers. This song isn't simply against religion as much as the way religion is used to justify war.
The question about Judas Iscariot is a good one though and deeply philosophical. If God knew everything including our futures before he created us then he is master of all our actions and free will is a lie. There is only predestination - fate which has been decided for us by God's will. Therefore Judas Iscariot did have God on his side. So God also wants wars ? Or the whole New Testament is rubbish. But Dylan says "I cannot think for you, you have to decide..." and just leaves it as a question. Brilliant. A song that really makes you think !

Shen Ruivah

@Lucky Dave strange that he would become so religious later in life though? Don't you think?

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