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"Masters of War" is a song by Bob Dylan, written in 1963 and released on the album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. It is an adaptation, with new words by Dylan, of "Nottamun Town". As with many of the major songs Dylan composed at this time, he often adapted or "borrowed" melodies from traditional songs. On this occasion however, he had borrowed an arrangement by veteran folksinger Jean Ritchie. The arrangement of "Nottanum Town", unknown to Dylan, had been in her… read more

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  • Avatar for zielony_grzyb
    Probably the most angry protest song I’ve ever heard – despite Dylan’s monotonous singing and instrumentation.
  • Avatar for racheln92
    someone got a good schooling from dylan, that's for sure. what do you have without someone like dylan? especially his earlier stuff? truly amazing and brave man, who could possibly have had something happened to him saying such things. These young people in the 60s, saying the right thing and protesting? Dylan makes a good point here. People plan and submit us to war without really thinking about it outside of their plan and putting other men at risk without any to themselves. It's all a game. and men are their little playthings. These men has and will never lay a hand on a weapon. These men do it for their personal self-interests, and forget about all others. Life is not valuable to them. The other citizen's self interest are nothing, sacrifice is the game and men are replaceable by births. We kill other men on the opposing side to amuse ourselves when some of them are just like us. . I love his last verse about seeing them die. that was powerful, witty, and fascinating.
  • Avatar for LittleJoa1
    caiu hj no enem kkkk
  • Avatar for jonatexraupp
    All the money you made Will never buy back your soul
  • Avatar for RAY7654321
    Listening to the album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" released in May 1963 by Columbia, Dylan's second studio album. This album established Dylan as a true Folk songwriter
  • Avatar for Hannesr
    ..feel peace and let them bury themselves...I can`t see no other way. Even though, I like this song so very much.
  • Avatar for RAY7654321
    Odetta does a version on her album "Odetta Sings Dylan", not better but very good. Have heard Bert Jansch's version which is excellent as well.
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  • Avatar for SeaDogMariner
    The 'original' song from which this was taken, the English Folk song 'Nottuman Town' is well worth a listen. Bert Jansch has a good version on his album 'Jack Orion'.
  • Avatar for Storchel
    Is your money that good?

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