Who Sang War? Henry Cow

Release information
Release Date: 1975-5-9
length: 2:32
piano: Anthony Moore
vocal: Peter Blegvad
mixer: Simon Heyworth
recording engineer: Simon Heyworth
guest trumpet: Mongezi Feza
clarinet: Peter Blegvad
soprano saxophone: Geoff Leigh
Some other versions of "War"

Lyrics
Tell of the birth
Tell how war appeared on earth

Thunder and herbs
Conjugated sacred verbs
Musicians with gongs
Fertilised an egg with song
Asleep in the sphere
Her foetus was a knot of fear
She butted with her horn
Split an egg and war was born
A miracle of hate
She banged her spoon against her plate

Upon her spoon this motto
Wonderfully designed
"Violence completes the partial mind"

Tell of the birth
Tell how war appeared on earth
Musicians with gongs
Fertilised an egg with song
She butted with her horn
Split an egg and war was born

Stacking the bones
On the empty aerodrome
Tinted turtle green
Haunts the slender submarine
She shakes her gory locks
Over the deserted docks

Come follow me
Out of dark obscurity
Follow my torch
Pilgrims at the double march
Through meadows and seas
Abattoirs and libraries
The pilgrims increase
Boasting they are led by peace
They gut huts with gusto
Pillage villages with verve
War does what she has to
People get what they deserve

Upon her spoon this motto
Wonderfully designed
"Violence completes the partial mind"

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 War
  • 2 Living in the Heart of the Beast
  • 3 Beginning: The Long March
  • 4 Beautiful as the Moon — Terrible as an Army With Banners
  • 5 Morning Star

  • Release information
    label: Virgin
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin