From Songfacts.com:  "On September 27, 1993, Duff explained where the song [Civil War] came from in an interview with the radio show Rockline: "Basically it was a riff that we would do at soundchecks. Axl came up with a couple of lines at the beginning. I went in a peace march, when I was a little kid, with my mom. I was like 4 years old. For Martin Luther King. And that's when: 'Did you wear the black arm band when they shot the man who said: 'Peace could last forever?' It's just true-life experiences, really.'"


Lyrics to Guns n Roses "Civil War"

Look at your young men fightingLook at your women cryingLook at your young men dyingThe way they've always done before

Look at the hate we're breedingLook at the fear we're feedingLook at the lives we're leadingThe way we've always done before

My hands are tiedThe billions shift from side to sideAnd the wars go on with brainwashed prideFor the love of God and our human rightsAnd all these things are swept asideBy bloody hands time can't denyAnd are washed away by your genocideAnd history hides the lies of our civil wars

D'you wear a black armbandWhen they shot the manWho said "peace could last forever"And in my first memoriesThey shot KennedyI went numb when I learned to seeSo I never fell for VietnamWe got the wall of D.C. to remind us allThat you can't trust freedomWhen it's not in your handsWhen everybody's fightin'For their promised landAnd

I don't need your civil warIt feeds the rich while it buries the poorYour power hungry sellin' soldiersIn a human grocery storeAin't that freshI don't need your civil warOw, oh no, no, no, no, no

Look at the shoes you're fillingLook at the blood we're spillingLook at the world we're killingThe way we've always done beforeLook in the doubt we've wallowedLook at the leaders we've followedLook at the lies we've swallowedAnd I don't want to hear no more

My hands are tiedFor all I've seen has changed my mindBut still the wars go on as the years go byWith no love of God or human rights'Cause all these dreams are swept asideBy bloody hands of the hypnotizedWho carry the cross of homicideAnd history bears the scars of our civil wars

I don't need your civil warIt feeds the rich while it buries the poorYour power hungry sellin' soldiersIn a human grocery storeAin't that freshI don't need your civil warNo, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, noI don't need your civil warI don't need your civil warYour power hungry sellin' soldiersIn a human grocery storeAin't that freshI don't need your civil warNo, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no uh-oh-uh, no uh-oh, uh noI don't need one more war

I don't need one more warNo, no, no, no uh-oh-uh, no uh-oh, uh noWhaz so civil 'bout war anyway?