Udo Lindenberg, one of Germanies true Originals. I grew up with his music and his poetic lyrics of honest life and rebellion. This song from 1981 (I was not long a young soldier in the West German army), is so close to my heart. It's about the age old question Wozu Sind Kriege Da? or What Are Wars There For? Here's a we translation.
What Are Wars There For?
Nobody wants to die, that is for sure
Then what are wars there for?
Mister President, aren't you one of these gentlemen
You must know why
Can you explain it to me?
No mother wants to lose her children
And no wife her husband.
Then why do have soldiers to march off
To murder people - just explain it to me
What are wars there for?
Mister President, I am now ten years old
And I am scared in this forest of atomic missiles.
Tell me the truth, tell it to me now
For what is my life being put on stake?
And the lives of all the others - just tell me why
They load their guns and kill one another
They face each other and they could be friends
But before they get to know each other, they shoot each other dead
I think that is so stupid, why does it have to be this way?
Did you ask all the billions of people all over the world
If they want it that way
Or is it also a question of money?
Much money for the few magnates,
Who build tanks and missiles
And then buy gold and diamonds
For their elegant wives
Or is it also about some religious bullshit?
That people cannot agree
As to what god is the right one?
Or what other reasons are there?
That I think are equally stupid
Well, maybe I can't understand it yet
Why wars are necessary
I guess I'm still too small
I'm just a child