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The Dogs of War Lyrics

Dogs of war and men of hate
With no cause, we don't discriminate
Discovery is to be disowned
Our currency is flesh and bone
Hell opened up and put on sale
Gather 'round and haggle
For hard cash, we will lie and deceive
Even our masters...

  1. anonymous
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    Jan 1st 2018 report

    dogs of war
    A somewhat derogitive term used for Mercenaries, or soldiers for hire. Generally describes ex-soldiers and/or combat experts that offer either direct service or military training in exchange for currency.

    Such individuals have been employed; as a supplemental force to the U.S. Military in Iraq and Aghanistan, to train Military and Terrorist groups alike, and in some cases to engage in military actions that a country's own military cannot, as was the case in Rwanda.

    Such individuals or groups can employ their skills for good(as in Rwanda), or bad(as in training Al Qaeda recruits).

  2. kooljohn176
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    Oct 16th 2015 report

    A song that could possibly be about the old Deist Oligarch's, the Zionists[christian and none],Atheists, the Elite in the establishment or whatever you may name them on the family tree who were and may still be the power to try to control their demons that unleashed ''the dogs of war'' on us in the past, believing that they were the decendants of the gods in this one world that they wanted to control during the major wars throughout history and are beginning to raise their ugly heads again in the present towards the future battle, but lets hope it won't be a similar ''twilight of the gods'' battle again that is being prepared by tangeling us up in this perverted liberalism of paganism that wants to relive itself again.

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 9th 2014 report

    Dogs of War is about the death and destruction caused on a mass scale. People sometimes question why are troops are sent out like dogs.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 26th 2014 report

    I feel it means exactly what the song says. Wars are started based on greed and the warmongers don't care who they hurt as long as they get what they want, simply put. Even their masters don't know the webs they weave all they lies they tell to convince that their reason for war is right and all the time it is just to get something they want through lies and deception and to gain control. e.g., weapons of mass destruction. Please interpret my comment as I am apolitical.

  5. spatterson
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    Oct 7th 2012 report

    You folks are way off. David Gilmour was going thru a divorce when A Momentary Lapse of Reason was written the entire album is about the effects of divorce on a family. The Dogs Of War, if you listen to lyrics it is about the lawyers taking all his money during the divorce. The album has nothing to with war or politics!

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  6. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2011 report

    The song is about the people in goverment who lie and start wars. They try to convince us that we are the good guys and those we are at war with are evil. Waters and Barrett had bad experiences with family members dieing in WW2.

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 6th 2009 report

    This song is about mercinaries who live off of war and battles. You pay them they do it. but that doesnt mean they wont turn around and "bite" you if they get paid even better... if their prey has time to make an offer.

  8. anonymous
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    Jun 28th 2007 report

    David Gilmour has said it's about "political mecenaries".

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 25th 2006 report

    This song is about evil war mongorers. They create war for their own gain, and don't care about anyone else.

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