As old school Guns N Roses fans, “Civil War” is one of the best childhood hits we grew up on and remains a regular on repeat track, not surprising that it easily makes the Top 10 cuts on our playlist for the month
But what really makes it special is, despite all these years it still reflects the reasons behind all the wars and conflicts in our world today
The track wasn’t officially recorded as a music video, but you can watch the live performance in Paris, France. Axl was wearing a jacket with “Rebel” at the back, reflecting his, and a whole generations refusal, to the wars happening and how we “rebel” against it.
The lyrics still hit hard as we vibe on it today, where our favorite verse is “D’you wear a black armband, when they shot the man, who said “Peace could last forever”. Which happens to be a real life experience by bassist Duff McKagan, when he was four years he went to the peace march with his mom, in support of Martin Luther King
The song’s lyrics are just a true feeling of anti-war that condemns any use of weapons to resolve existing conflicts. As the song ends with “What’s so civil about war anyway? “
Civil War first appeared on Nobody’s Child, Romanian Angel Appeal (1990) and was included a year later on Use Your Illusion II. In May 1993 the track was released as a single and hit #4 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
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