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The camera at the bus stop watches people from afar

It is watching Mr Mani in his chauffeur-driven car

With his cell-phone and his laptop, he is planning out the day

Moving money round the world he’ll make ten grand before midday

There’s a guy in Nike T-shirt stands outside a betting shop

He waits for it to open before rushing to his job

He’s praying that a horse will win at odds of eight-to-one

It might pay off some interest or buy his kids some fun


Why can’t we see what we’re doing?

Why can’t we see what we’ve done?


On a bench there is a pensioner who tells his dog to sit

He is thinking of old friends who once worked down a pit

He remembers all the songs they sang while digging out the coal

And church on every Sunday as they prayed to save their souls

The camera sees a mum with babe entering a shop

As she struggles with the pushchair the crying will not stop

She gives the baby dummy but the baby throws it out

So she gives the kid a lollipop before she starts to shout


Why can’t we see what we’re doing?

Why can’t we see what we’ve done?


There’s a war going on in this world that we are living

There’s a war going on and someone’s gotta lose

There’s a war going on ‘cos some people just ain’t giving

There’s a war going on and it isn’t in the news


The camera sees a young man with a guitar on a mat

He’s asking for donations to be dropped into a hat

He is dreaming he’ll be famous, a rock-star millionaire

Or sleep in a real bed tonight and get to wash his hair

The camera sees a schoolgirl who is chatting to her brother

They missed the bus they needed so they’re waiting for another

She wants to be a doctor or solicitor at least

He says he will be happy with the army or police


Why can’t we see what we’re doing?

Why can’t we see what we’ve done?


There’s a war going on in this world that we are living

There’s a war going on and someone’s gotta lose

There’s a war going on ‘cos some people just ain’t giving

There’s a war going on and it isn’t in the news


There’s a war going on. There’s a war going on.


It’s later in the day and the camera still looks down

Everyone’s been talking about the incident in town

At the sign of the bus stop some flowers have been tied

In memory of someone who’s unfortunately died


Why can’t we see what we’re doing?

Why can’t we see what we’ve done?


There’s a war going on in this world that we are living

There’s a war going on and someone’s gotta pay

There’s a war going on ‘cos some people just ain’t giving

There’s a war going on, it’s happening here today

 

Who started the war brother? Was it your dad or your stressed out mother?

Was it your kid sister reading all her mags, or was it your kid brother smoking funny fags

Was it the gambler walking down your road, or Mr Mani gambling gold

Was it the old miner taking tourists down his mine

Was it the busker trying to find his rhyme

Was it you praying life’ll be good

While you’re lying in the morgue covered in your blood


There’s a war going on in this world that we are living

(Hey yes, in this world we are living in)

There’s a war going on and someone’s gotta pay

(People are fighting, someone’s gotta pay)

There’s a war going on ‘cos some people just ain’t giving

(War going on, cos some people just ain’t giving)

There’s a war going on, it’s happening here today

(And it’s happening here today)

There’s a war going on in this world that we are living

(War’s going on, people living here)

There’s a war going on and someone’s gotta pay

(Are suffering cos someone’s gotta pay)

There’s a war going on ‘cos some people just ain’t giving

(Yes, capitalists, they take all your money)

There’s a war going on, it’s happening here today

(Yes, today)


War

Featuring…………….Omari RamsayChinazam Nwokonkor

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