2007 | Rock
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"They continue the same rhetoric — These derelicts that profit, win or lose"
- The Album hit #19 on the Billboard 200.
- In response to a message posted on the band's website four hundred fans gathered outside the recording studio to record chanting for the track, only sixty could fit into the studio.
- James LaBrie, based the lyrics for Prophets Of War loosely on Joseph C. Wilson's book The Politics of Truth. It discusses alternate reasons for the Iraq War.
- Prophets is a direct play on words for profits.
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Dream Theater, with their classic cleverness, use the homophones "prophets" and ""profits"" to foreshadow the content of the song: a tale of war profiteering and propaganda. The entire song stands as an open question, asking if United States intervention in the Middle East is harmful or helpful. "Is it time to make a change? Are we closer than before? Can we help them break away? Are we profiting from war?" While this isn't my favorite Dream Theater song, I love the concept and it does a great job of shedding light on something that is ignored painfully often: the trail of carnage and tears left in the wake of the US military.
I feel the frustration rolling off of this song. Attention has been diverted from what is truly happening, and people have been long deceived about the reasons the US government gives for it’s perpetual wars. It’s unfortunate that many young people have to come home in body bags for some to question those reasons. Even more unfortunate is the fact that for many, their dead children at their feet, only encourages them to continue the rhetoric they’ve been sold by the warmongers that perpetuates the death machine. So many of the families of the dead can’t bring themselves to the truth that their loved ones didn’t die in service to their country, but in service to the corporate war machine, the military industrial complex, and so they turn their deeds into heroic service to the great amorphous cause of “fighting terror,” whatever that means. The singer laments all the destruction and carnage and prays that people can make right all the damage that has been done. Sadly human life, once lost, is one of few things in this world that cannot be replaced or fully recompensed. It is the task we who dare to say no to war have laid upon us, to fight the fear and find the truth, and speak it with boldness. That is the only way we begin to make right the many wrongs of war.
Did Muse rip this song off for their later era music. I mean there’s a degree to which even the politics align. Anyway, I’m here to talk politics & philosophy not musicology. I promise this is more entertaining to most of you. One of the things you get used to as a libertarian is wading through every level of conspiracy theory imaginable. It goes hand in hand with distrust of authority to assume you’re being lied to on a grand scale. The sad thing about conspiracy theories is that they are generally couched in some truth if not made of it whole cloth. I don’t think there is any question as to what the reasons for the Iraq war were. Big money and government have and will always be incestuous. My lament with songs like this is that we no longer get great anti war songs. Both sides of the aisle are more than ok with death on a grand scale for their respective causes.