Blood, Sweat & Tears - I Was A Witness To A War Lyrics




I saw a little boy today
I saw a little boy today who didn't want this fight
The other children laughed at him
It was a frightening thought
And I, I began to cry
Someone asked why
Someone asked what for
'Cause something inside of me, something inside of me
Something inside of me said I was a witness to a war
I was a witness to what happened
And I hated what I saw
I was a witness to a war, to a war

I saw a woman dressed in black
Her husband isn't coming back, she didn't want him to go
They said he had to do his chores before
Their future could grow
And I, I began to cry
Someone asked why
Someone asked what for
'Cause something inside of me, something inside of me
Something inside of me said I was a witness to a war
I was a witness to the heartbreak
That some soldier's woman bore
I was a witness to a war, to a war

I saw an ugly field today
I saw an ugly field today where only crosses could grow
A monument to modern man, and now
There's no place to go
And I, I began to cry
But no-one asked why
No-one asked what for
But something inside of me, something inside of me
Something inside of me said I was a victim of a war
I was a victim of the madness
That we should have stopped before
I was a witness to a war, to a war





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  1. David Vallone

    https://youtu.be/MuVkoUMKMag - studio track

  2. A D

    Fine,thanks.

  3. Martin West

    42k in views...what a fuckin insult

  4. Mygtgofast

    During the summer of 1969, Tony Klatka the trumpet player for BS&T (a few years later) sat in on a jam session in a Oklahoma City nightclub with the 3rd Avenue Blues Band. This guy was an incredible trumpet player even though he was only in his early 20's! Without a doubt he was the finest trumpet player I have ever heard in person and was screaming out in the high register notes without even warming up first. Wow - his performance blew me away! I had also played trumpet at the time as a profession musician in a local rock band in OKC and thought to myself - I will never be that good even 20 years from then. Go Tony - you rock!

  5. Lynn Claughton

    Sadly enough, from my Army experiences, I could relate to this song for the message it delivers with such moving chord changes. IT IS A MESSAGE EVERYONE SHOULD LISTEN TO ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW! Man, being a flawed species never listens or seems to get the message. I need to find out who wrote this song and the lyrics...DCT sings it extraordinarily well as expected. This particular recording is not so good but, still pleased to hear it again..

  6. Babaryutaikai

    @MACHAWK123 Agreed. This song, Applause were both all too underrated. What a talent DCT. Saw BST once live and couldn't get them out of my head.

  7. localguy8

    hwere have all those lyrics like these gone and those beautiful horns gone these days

    mysticmaverick1

    Chicago is still touring with its horn section (two of the three originals, Jimmy Pankow on trombone and Lee Loughnane on trumpet) and they are fantastic in concert!

  8. Marty Lemons

    Thanks again for posting this up. What a great song that brings the tears up.

  9. bkmkerwsa

    Only such fine artists who were "witnesses" to the Vietnam War could have created such a masterpiece. Thanks to all.

  10. boombabiesrrd

    This song has always moved me powerfully ever since I heard it on B,S & T's "New City " album (1975), the LP which featured the return of DCT as lead vocalist. B,S & T's version is an instant classic.

  11. ron covington

    I remember this show. Janis Ian was the other guest. I've always loved B,S,&T especially with David, Steve Katz, and Bobby Colomby. By this album Katz was gone. The band tours now but without David, it's just not the same.

    jeff jones

    This band could never be the same band without DCT or Bobby Colomby. The new BST is a Wonder Bread version compared to the Pumpernickle original.

  12. Steve Kirschenbaum

    It (is) my favorite song by them.