Song of the Day #129: ‘War is Kind’ – Jakob Dylan

jakobToday’s song is a sad little anti-war ditty by Jakob Dylan from his recent solo album Seeing Things.

Like his father, Dylan has a way with war songs. And also like his father, he does a nice job not singing about the specific skirmish in which we currently find ourselves. Though it was written during the Iraq war, it could just as easily be about World War II or the Civil War. There is something elemental about the experience of men (and women) at battle that transcends the politics of war.

Given that, it’s a shame that this YouTube video does politicize the song… and in an awkward manner. I couldn’t tell where it was coming from until the end with the shots of Bush and McCain. And I’m not sure what Bush’s dog has to do with anything.

So ignore the video and just listen to the sound of the next generation doing his father proud.

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #129: ‘War is Kind’ – Jakob Dylan

  1. Dana says:

    very nice song. I can’t imagine trying to even go into your dad’s line of work when your dad is Bob Dylan, but he’s got the genes!

  2. amy says:


    So I’m now listening to this song for the first (and second) time ever. And I’m very proud of myself that I have not yet watched the video despite the overwhelming desire to do so once I had been explicitly told not to do so. 🙂

    He does have the genes, doesn’t he? And a beautiful voice, too. He reminds me of someone… Bruce Springsteen maybe? His delivery is so effective, almost as if he is whispering the lyrics. The way he understates the whole “message” aspect of the song makes it all the more powerful. This is a great song. Thanks for sharing.

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