Holy Wars Chords: A Historical and Religious Perspective

What are holy wars?

Holy wars are wars that are fought for religious reasons, such as defending or spreading a faith, converting or subjugating other people, or fulfilling a divine command or prophecy. Holy wars are often seen as justified by the participants, who believe that they are doing God’s will or fulfilling a sacred duty.


[Verse 1]
Em                                  D
Brother will kill brother, Spilling blood across the land
A                               C
Killing for religion, Something I don't understand
Em                                    D
Fools like me, who cross the sea, And come to foreign lands
A                                        C
Ask the sheep, for their beliefs, Do you kill on God's command?
  Em                      D
A country that's divided, Surely will not stand
   A                              C
My past erased, no more disgrace, No foolish naive stand
    Em                                    D
The end is near, it's crystal clear, Part of the master plan
A                            C
Don't look now to Israel, It might be your homelands
Holy wars
[Verse 2]
Em                                          D
Upon my podium, as the Know it all scholar
Em                                                         D
Down in my seat of judgement, Gavel's bang, uphold the law
Em                                                        D
Up on my soapbox, a leader, Out to change the world, Down in my
Em                                              D      Em
Pulpit as the holier, Than-thou, could-be-messenger of God
[Verse 3]
Em              D
Wage the war on organized crime
A                             C                 D
Sneak attacks, repel down the rocks, Behind the lines
Em                                D
    Some people risk to employ me,  Some people live to destroy me
A                    C     D
 Either way they die.  They  die
G  Bb  G  Bb  G  Bb  G F#m F Em
[Verse 4]
     Em                         D
They killed my wife and my baby,  With hopes to enslave me
A                 C    D
  First mistake... last mistake
Em                   D
Paid by the alliance,  to slay all the giants
A               C        D
  Next mistake... no more mistakes!
G  Bb  G  Bb  G  Bb  G F#m F Em
[Verse 5]
Em                       D
Fill the cracks in, with judicial granite
  A                           C
Because I don't say it, don't mean I ain't Thinkin' it
Em                                             D
Next thing you know, they'll take my thoughts away
  A                            C
I know what I said, now I must   scream
       Em    D
of the ov-er-dose
        A             C
And the lack of mercy killers
      Em              D
Mercy killings, mercy killers
Killers killers killers
C                           D                  Em
Next thing you know they'll take my thoughts away.

Examples of holy wars in history

Holy wars have been a common phenomenon throughout history, especially in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Some of the most famous examples of holy wars are:

  • The Crusades (1095-1291): A series of military campaigns launched by Christian Europe against the Muslim-controlled Holy Land and other regions. The Crusaders aimed to reclaim Jerusalem and other sacred sites for Christianity, as well as to expand their political and economic influence in the region.
  • The Jihad (7th century-present): A term that means “struggle” or “effort” in Arabic, and refers to the religious duty of Muslims to strive in the way of God. Jihad can have various meanings, such as personal or spiritual struggle, social reform, or armed struggle. In some cases, jihad has been interpreted as a holy war against non-Muslims or enemies of Islam.
  • The Reconquista (718-1492): A long process of Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula from the Muslim invaders who had conquered it in the 8th century. The Reconquista was motivated by religious and political factors, as well as by cultural and ethnic differences between the Christian and Muslim populations.
  • The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648): A series of wars that involved most of Europe, and was triggered by the conflict between Protestant and Catholic states in the Holy Roman Empire. The war was also influenced by dynastic, territorial, and economic rivalries among the European powers. The war resulted in millions of deaths and widespread devastation.

The impact and consequences of holy wars

Holy wars have had a significant impact on human history, culture, and society. Some of the effects and consequences of holy wars are:

  • They have shaped the religious landscape and identity of many regions and peoples, such as the Middle East, Europe, and India.
  • They have contributed to the development and spread of art, architecture, literature, science, and technology, as well as to the exchange of ideas, goods, and people among different civilizations.
  • They have also caused immense suffering, violence, destruction, and loss of life for millions of people, as well as environmental damage and economic decline.
  • They have often led to more conflicts, hatred, intolerance, and extremism among different religious groups and communities.


Holy wars are wars that are fought for religious reasons, and have been a common feature of human history. Holy wars have had both positive and negative effects on the world, but they have also raised many ethical and moral questions about the role of religion in politics, society, and warfare. As the world becomes more diverse and interconnected, it is important to promote dialogue, understanding, and cooperation among different faiths and cultures, and to avoid violence and extremism in the name of religion.

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