We Went To War (Demo, 2002)

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"We Went To War" was written on October 10, 2001. It was the first track actually written specifically for Union Pulse, shortly after James met drummer Andy Franzen. The song followed news that the United States of America had declared war, but it is neither pro- nor anti-war.


We went to war today in a far-off land
We went to war today, hand in hand
We went to war today, we bombed your homes
We went to war today, no sticks or stones

We went to war today and the sun still shines
We went to war today and we feel fine
We went to war today and the sky's still there
We went to war today, I wonder where

I used to have a friend the same color as you
It's too bad in the end what the wrong color can do

We went to war today to save our pride
We went to war today and left love behind
We went to war today the air is clear
We went to war today but not around here


from Lost and Found, released May 29, 2013
Words and music written by James Tristan Redding, performed by James Tristan Redding, Andy Franzen, and Ian Kleats. Recorded track by track on an AMD-K6 desktop computer through a series of Radio Shack microphones and adapters, into a "borrowed" multi-track recording program. Originally distributed on CD-Rs around the east side of Milwaukee as part of the band's 6-song demo, financed by Kelli Busch. Words and music copyright 2012 by James Tristan Redding. Registered with BMI. All rights reserved.


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Union Pulse Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Founded by singer-songwriter James Tristan Redding, Union Pulse was an idiosyncratic icon at the intersection of Americana, roots rock, and alt-country. The band embodied James Redding's soul bound lyrics and leg bending rhythm. In their decade of recording and touring they released five original albums (and one live EP) and delivered over 700 performances throughout the lower 48 states. ... more

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