Peter Alsop

Music for Children and Adults

Foolish Notion

From the album Ebenezer's Make Over Buy Now

- Holly Near's irrefutable anti-war song


Why do we kill people who are killing people

To show that killing people is wrong

What a foolish notion

That war is called devotion

When the bravest warriors are the ones

That stand for peace


War toys are growing stronger

The problems stay the same

The young ones join the army

And general what’s-his-name

Is feeling full of pride

That the army will provide

But does he ask himself



Death row is growing longer

The problems stay the same

The poor ones get thrown in prison

While warden what’s-his-name

Is feeling justified

But when will he be tried (when justice is denied)

For never asking



Children are so tender

They will cross the earth if they think

They are saving a friend

They get drawn in by patriotic lies

Right before our eyes

They leave our home

And then they find out once they’re alone

They’re asking the age old question,



Words and Music by Holly Near

©1980, Hereford Music (ASCAP

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