“All That We’ve Done”

A song on the theme of violence.

Violence has always been something we’ve been told as wrong. You don’t hit people if you’re angry with them you talk to them about it or ignore it. So why is it much different from war?

All That We’ve Done – 4_15_19, 9.17 AM

“It seems to me that we’re not done, with all of what we’ve started, got all of what’s left to come, can’t we put faith behind us, so we can reconvene, and try to fix the violence, that taints our pretty scene, covers it with a blanket, of the same red we bleed” This verse is trying to communicate the idea that the feuds that we’ve had in the past have carried on until now.

We’re carrying with us the things that we have fought over for as long as we can remember. Disputing the existence of a God, multiple, or none at all. Can’t we agree to respect everyone around us no matter what faith you are?

“When will we see all that we’ve done, all of the damage and nothing won, people are dying everywhere, is it the violence we seem to share” This is the chorus. My history teacher said that if you are starving, it’s because someone is denying you of something, with the amount of food that we have in the world today there is no reason that a person should be starving.

We hear about the people who are starving, the people who are in danger, but we also so hear about the people who are at the top, who don’t have to worry about the same things. There are lots of people who are in that group and are cruel and selfish. People are dying everywhere so people who already have everything they could want have more. The violence we share is human, greed.

“Our nations play war like a game, wanting to win at all costs, they don’t know what we’ve all lost, what are we still pretending for, trying to get peace from war, can’t take it anymore.” The governments stand, risking the lives of their people to win what they want, sometimes forcibly. In El Salvador children were taken to be child soldiers on both sides of their civil war. Generals sacrifice their soldiers so that they can end up with the gold star for winning a battle. But what of those lost? Injured? Still alive? The ones left are sent into danger again, risking their lives for a cause they’ve forgotten, as now they only focus on their survival.

We pretend that this is going to get us peace, using weapons to get an olive branch. That’s not how it works, by hurting people you create deeper wounds, what you get in the end is surrender, not peace, there is still malice in the hearts of those who you have defeated.

“We’re turning gentlemen to beasts, facing them with the fighting, ignoring all the peace, our fighting isn’t for our cause, it is to hurt the others, all those who see our flaws.” Even in the media, we’re ignoring all the wonderful things in the world. Imagine if we could focus on all the amazing, wonderful, beautiful things in the world. If we could find the beauty in someone else’s religion, the wonder in the culture of someone who is different to us.

We don’t fight because we need to, we don’t truly need to fight. We fight because something is foreign and different to us, and we perceive it as a danger to us and to what we have known and believed in for so long.

“We’re wired to defend territory and self-protect. Our minds make quick judgments. Pride is a force. When challenged, we fill in the blanks quickly and put our stake in the ground and become trapped in toxic cycles that keep us from progressing.”

Lee, Kristen

The inspiration for how the song was going to sound comes from a song by Mac Ayres called “Get to You Again.” I remember I had the lyrics in my head and I was sitting on my floor listening to music, looking for inspiration and I heard it and everything fit and came into place. 

Works Cited

Browning, David, and Rene Santamaria Varela. “El Salvador.” Britannica Concise
Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, 4 Feb. 2019,
     place/El-Salvador/Civil-war. Accessed 20 Apr. 2019.

Woods, Jada. “Is War Childish? Shouldn’t Things Be Worked out Rather than
     Resorting to Violence?” Quora, 18 Mar. 2019,
     Accessed 20 Apr. 2019.

Lee, Kristen. “Why We Fight.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 10 Apr. 2018,
     why-we-fight. Accessed 20 Apr. 2019.

Dubbaneh, Ronia. “Iraq: The Aftermath.” Fair Observer, 19 Mar. 2012. Fair
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  1. April 28, 2019 by Ellie Pearson

    I love it! The lyric analyzation really helped me get a deeper understanding of the song, thank you! I definitely think the world would benefit from more songs like this.

  2. April 28, 2019 by Jaedon Wong

    I really liked your project. I thought it was a very strong and informative way to approach the ongoing topic of violence from war. I especially liked how used music as a way to tackle this problem as well. Great Job!

  3. April 29, 2019 by Caroline Jacobs

    Hey Isabel! I think it is a very interesting approach to create a song about violence and war, and your analyzation really helped me understand what you condensed into song. How do you think we can decrease the number of wars and promote a more peaceful society besides just raising awareness?

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