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War Time Feelings Revisited

With the Liberian war officially over after 14 years of insanity, it is hard imagine one’s fellings during the carnage except when you go back to what you recorded or wrote down during those difficult years. Almost 18 years ago, while seeking refuge in the Guinean village of Bossou, Dave and I wrote about our longing to return home in a song that we called “When the War is Over.” Lyrics after the hymn “When We All Get to Heaven”

When The War Is Over

By Dave and Dennis Jah, Written 1991 in Bossou, Guinea

When the war is over
And the guns in Liberia are laid down
We shall see our friends and loved ones
We shall walk with them hand in hand (2X)

Sing the lovely Lone Star
Sing O Liberia our land
And that country so dear we loved
Here we’re now in exile

When the war is over
And the guns in Liberia are laid down
We shall see our friends and loved ones
We shall walk with them hand in hand (2X)

When We All Get to Heaven
Eliza E. Hewitt, pub.1898

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace;
In the mansions bright and blessed
He’ll prepare for us a place.

o Chorus:
When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!

While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
Clouds will overspread the sky;
But when trav’ling days are over,
Not a shadow, not a sigh.

Let us then be true and faithful,
Trusting, serving every day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory
Will the toils of life repay.

Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we’ll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open;
We shall tread the streets of gold.

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