An Anthem for Nonviolence: "White Flag Warrior" by Flobots

One of my favorite bands is the Flobots.  They speak from a progressive Christian perspective on issues of politics and justice.  While I do not agree with them all of the time, the overall theme of their music is one I resonate deeply with.  The following song, which features Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), is called White Flag Warrior.  It is an anthem for nonviolence!  Watch the video and read the lyrics below and let me know what you think…

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“White Flag Warrior”
(Flobots, feat. Tim McIlrath of Rise Against)

We request to negotiate
We come to you unarmed
We desire to communicate
You cannot do us harm

For one sacrifice,
they have schemes and ask me to follow their path to the afterlife
I’ve got an appetite
for nice things and the dreams that my enemies could be blasted by
Ooh metaphors
Views that are better for you can’t survive or find your competitor
Rise together
Ooh Fight separate wars i pray I’m never forced to be a predator

Suspecting we won’t last
They’re glad to hate but gladiators breed their last
Scream or mash for their dreams do clash
Like swords in the war let me bleed on that
Put the heat on that
Cept we need strong backs
You call us weak and don’t redeem contracts
Well this speech won’t last
If the beast attacks
The sons and the fathers will be free at last

This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason

They see sharks in the estuary
They claim the arch of Bartholomew’s
They say war is necessary
But we say war is child abuse

We’d rather make our children (We request to negotiate)
Martyrs than murderers (We come to you unarmed)
We’d rather make our children (We desire to communicate)
White Flag Warriors (You cannot do us harm)

Take to the core they’re the one’s we’ve been waiting for
We hold steady, steady on the step of door
The type of you are matadors and matadors are capable
Forgive the death and settle scores and test the metal and the ore

What’s your plan go to do with me?
If the bell told us let freedom ring
And find the new ways that we must be king
Instead of leading the young to our suffering

The past test of this
Now screams back in heaven
For testing us like wednesdays at 11
Want to recruit and train us to act evilly
Save it for the shooting range
So back DVD

Just tell me want no more this millennia
It’s never again for me or anyone
So think harder when you refer to us
Rather make our children martyrs than murders

This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason

They shell dwellings to quell the shellings
And lift taboos and seduce the countings
They say we’re too yellow bellied
But we say we’re the new superpower

We’d rather make our children (We request to negotiate)
Martyrs than murderers (We come to you unarmed)
We’d rather make our children (We desire to communicate)
White Flag Warriors (You cannot do us harm)

We seek ways to not be liable
We claim to speak for a higher truth
We stand opposed to the homicidal
We tell you you are fire proof

We’d rather make our children (We request to negotiate)
Martyrs than murderers (We come to you unarmed)
We’d rather make our children (We desire to communicate)
White Flag
Warriors
We’d rather make our children
We’d rather make our children

Do what you want to our courage
Ask us what you will
Demand from us a sacrifice
But do not make us kill

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  • Josh Wise

    I am a huge fan of these guys. This songs nails it. I get into political bands like these guys. I really dig Rise Against, Anti-Flag, Rage Against the Machine and stuff like that. What sets Flobots apart, in my opinion anyways, is how they’re very positive with their ideas. Its really easy to say we’re against this or that, but its another thing to say “we’re against this, instead lets build this.” I mean I struggle with this. The list of things I’m against is really long, but the list of things I’m for is too short. Just my thoughts. Great song.

  • Benjamin Wiens

    I love this song. The first I heard it on the radio I didn’t catch all of the lyrics, but I thought the song was cool and looked it up when I got home. I was surprised by the power of the lyrics. Before I thought it was just another shallow, popular song. I also really love the song One Day by Matisyahu. It’s a song of hope for a peaceful world from a Jewish perspective. Good stuff. Listen to it at http://www.youtube.com/user/matisyahutv?blend=1&ob=4

    • http://groansfromwithin.com Kurt Willems

      Ben! Thanks for coming by the site! Glad to have your input bro…

  • josh oatley

    Thnx Kurt! i didnt know they were progressive Christian! now i love these guys way more, i like the message they’re sending to us, and its deffiantely a prelude to how i believe Christians should stand together in the future in ways of non-violence and united peace, in Christ.

    • http://groansfromwithin.com Kurt Willems

      Now… progressive means that they are a bit to the “left” theologically. I would say that they are not evangelical Christians like we are, but their version of Christianity definitely influences their music. You can hear more about it here: http://blog.sojo.net/tag/flobots/


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