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Such a War Has Never Been

[words Les Barker, music Martin Carthy]

Martin Carthy sang Such a War Has Never Been on his and Dave Swarbrick's 1992 album Skin and Bone; it was re-released in 1993 on Rigs of the Time: The Best of Martin Carthy and in 2001 on The Carthy Chronicles. Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick also played this on their 1992 video 100 Not Out.

Martin Carthy commented in his original album's sleeve notes:

Les Barker is far better known as a writer of comic pieces and spoofs whose other side is not so often acknowledged. I put a tune to Such a War Has Never Been which itself grew from the experience of seeing on TV the first TV war, fought with prime time in mind.

Lyrics

Martin Carthy sings Such a War Has Never Been

I fight the force of evil
I'm the cowboy dressed in white
My colt is my computer
And my eyes see at night

I made the new world order
For I have the world's support
To see the sinner never wins
To see the tyrant will be taught

I am killer with precision
With computer and with screen
To give the world a cleaner war
A purer war than any seen

Incinerate the spider
Leave untouched the web of lace
See the shadow of a dollar
From a satellite in space

Put a missile down an airshaft
Make a film as I go in
Show the world the care I took
Such a war has never been

I don't need to kill civilians
With the F15 and Stealth;
Advertised on your TV I'm
Sensitivity itself

Just the aircraft on the ground
Just the hangars we put in
Just tanks and the supply lines
Such a war has never been

Just a game on my computer
See the screen move with my head
Pick out the cowboy dressed up all in black
Push a button and he's dead

I can pinpoint to a pixel
Half a million in retreat
Identify the threat
And I can turn it to roast meat

Military targets
There were no dying cries
Just the smoke from burning soldiers
Getting in the widows' eyes

I make the new world order
For I have the world's support
To see the sinner never wins
To see the tyrant will be taught

Killer with precision
With computer and with screen,
To give the world a cleaner war
A purer war than any seen