If I Had A Hammer

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Ten million people with sledgehammers could change the world, for sure, if they took them onto the right military bases.

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I watched it on the TV, machine guns
Fire towards the ground, I watched the people run
Helicopter gunship strafing the street
I watched them lining up the bodies in the Baghdad heat
They say these leaks had consequences, and I must agree
When I saw them fire on the children, it affected me
I thought what if I were wearing the other shoe
If I had a hammer, what would I do

I am just a person like anyone
I am just another mother's son
I have no special powers, I cannot fly
Not like that helicopter gunship up in the sky
Sending all those bullets all around
To the journalists and children on the ground
I am just one man, that's very true
But if I had a hammer, what would I do

Sometimes I try to wonder, why should I care
But then the answer seems so obvious – there are people down there
And right here in Queensland there's an Army base
And there's a helicopter gunship just sitting in place
There's a time for watching, there's a time to act
It's just gonna kill more children if it remains intact
I am just one person, but you are, too
If you had a hammer, what would you do

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from Spies Are Reading My Blog, released November 4, 2013

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