“Ain’t Gonna Study War No More”


toy gun

I saw this child during a recent trip to China having fun engaging in stroller-by “shootings” on a crowded city street, and this song popped into my head.  

Parents buy toy guns for their children, mainly sons, in many countries because violence, even faux violence, is part and parcel of masculine identity in many cultures.  This could easily be a scene in the US, Viet Nam, or any number of other countries.  

Needless to say, the world desperately needs fewer weapons, even the harmless ones made of plastic, less violence, even of the pretend variety, and more compassion, caring, and peace.  It all starts in early childhood.  

Shalom (שלום), MAA


Down by the Riverside

Here’s the version by Louis Armstrong.  
I’m gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
I’m gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside
I’m gonna study, study, war no more
I ain’t gonna study war no more
Ain’t gonna study war no more
I ain’t gonna study war no more
I ain’t gonna study war no more
Ain’t gonna study war no more
I ain’t gonna study war no more
I’m gonna lay down my heavy load
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
I’m gonna lay down my heavy load
Down by the riverside
Gonna study war no more
I ain’t gonna study war no more…
Yes, laid down?
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
I’m gonna lay down my heavy load
Down by the riverside
God is tiding on no more
No more