Lives in the Balance Lyrics

Jackson Browne


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: C. Bailey, E. Kuepper
album: Track 6 in album Lives in the Balance
release date: 1986-4-30
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genres: Rock
styles: Pop Rock
length: 4:19
producer: Jackson Browne
drums: Russ Kunkel
engineer: James Geddes
background vocals: Debra Dobkin and Mindy Sterling
programming: Jackson Browne
synthesizer: Bill Payne and Jai Winding
lead vocals & background vocals: Jackson Browne
bass guitar: Bob Glaub
tiple & charango: Hugo Pedroza
nylon guitar: Jorge Strunz
sampler & acoustic guitar: Jackson Browne
siku: Enrique Cruz
composer: Jackson Browne
lyricist: Jackson Browne

Cover Art

Jackson Browne Lives in the Balance cover art
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I've been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear

You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you've seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war

There's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interests run

On the radio talk shows and TV
You hear one thing again and again
How the USA stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends?
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can't take anymore
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone

And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

There's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can't even say the names

They sell us the president the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us everything from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars

I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can't be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they're never the ones to fight or to die

And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 For America
  • 2 Soldier of Plenty
  • 3 In the Shape of a Heart
  • 4 Candy
  • 5 Lawless Avenues
  • 6 Lives in the Balance
  • 7 Till I Go Down
  • 8 Black and White