1914 Ghost Bridge

While I can’t make any sense of this Russian Invasion (or any other war), I can at least think about my parents and grandparents who were part of the two World Wars. My grandfather fought for the Germans in WWI – but was a pacifist and refused to shoot and kill anyone. My father landed on the beach in Normandy in WWII fighting for the Americans, and was in ordinance fixing tanks and jeeps and whatnot. By the time Vietnam rolled around I just missed the draft by a couple of years. My father said he’d move us to Canada if he had to to avoid another senseless war.

You laid in your foxhole
You couldn't hurt a fly
Grandpa Dearest
You're a hero of mine

No country too big
To take another's life
You lived and let live
The Teachings of Christ

Ghosts of that war
Have come back to haunt
The bridge in the valley
What the enemy wants


1914 Ghost Bridge
Just over the hill
The enemy advances
Against our will


There may be many anti war protest songs, but one thing that is clear is that the aggressor is usually afraid of something. The US in Vietnam was afraid of Communism, Bush was afraid of what 9/11 looked like – so he went after a bad guy – but a guy who had nothing to do with 9/11.

Putin must be afraid of his weak economy – smaller than Italy’s, and also in large part he’s to blame. Besides Vodka, AK-47’s, Oil and Gas what goods or services does Russia export? Not much at all.

Russians are smart – their repressive Government is not. They hold their people and economy down. War won’t fix anything. The Common People in Russia (like the US have been lied to and cheated for centuries). The US at least allows discourse, pushback and protest, (although the GOP under Trump would much rather follow their “Dear Leaders” authoritarian leader examples). Yes, it CAN happen in the US!

Only weaklings start wars
Inhuman monsters they are
Broken dreams, stolen lives
Only weaklings start wars

Only weaklings start wars
Pure evil we can't understand
There's a place in hell for them
Only weaklings start wars

No Video Game

Two guitar and vocal tracks and one Cello – the mids boosted in EQ and the Cello with some very low frequencies trimmed. The vocals use a tube delay instead of reverb on one track. The Royer R10 and NT1A on vocals and SM57 and NT1A on the guitar amp and together at the crease of where the cone and paper meet on the left side.

This mix is good like yesterdays, even though the mics and Mic placement is different

Listen up
That's distant fire
This can't be real
It's getting dire

The clouds of smoke
And burning embers
People hiding
In their cellars

This is real
A Red Invasion
Ignored the warnings

Playing games
Power junkies
Always the same

Media whores
Film the carnage
All for ratings
Common knowledge

These are people
Played as pawns
Lives at stake
From dusk till dawn

This is real
No video game
The World's on fire
We've gone insane

in a nutshell

  • First 24/7 cable news, then the internet – has dehumanized war
  • I have two Ham Radio friends in the Ukraine
  • This is a real war, with real people and real lives


Just when you think maybe the pandemic is at its end and there could be a roaring 20’s, war breaks out. This will affect the world – Ukraine is very close to Europe. There will be all kinds of consequences and repercussions, but it seems these days everything is some virtual game. Combine this with Tucker Carlson like clowns and idiot Trump with his word diarrhea – praising Putin and you have the actual citizens of that country paying the ultimate price. This isn’t a video game!


The dehumanization of war in the media (all media). American Morons supporting the arch enemy to get attention due to either fragile ratings, ego or both. Its sick.


Its not easy to write a song like this, but I feel so bad for the common people in the Ukraine, and realize it can happen anywhere – yes, even in the USA. Goes to show corporate greed, politicians and white men with super inflated egos are at it again.