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Lyric of the Week: LOVE IS JUST A CANNON SHOT AWAY

Somewhere in the desert sands of Shivta

your name is etched on the map

directly under the white blimp

B battery thunderclap

eighteen twelve overture is nothing next to this

roll over Tchaikovsky’s muse

grief and many guns reach for the sky

soldier sings the blues

when the shooting’s over and the smoke clears

I’ll be out of the field on the bounce

war what’s it good for absolutely nothing

it’s the place in your heart that counts

Thunder Riders Catapults and Spears

to the rescue I’m on my way

so when you hear that boom you know I’m thinking of you

love is just a cannon shot away


When I’m out in tiza nabi and you’re in the holy city

so far away feeling blue

I wrap up my love in a don quixote shell

and send it charge nine to you

when you’re sitting by your window looking down at the highway

just aching for the love you miss

I’ll pull up to your doorstep in my M-109

and give you a 155mm kiss

David the computer has got your number

you’re right on target for me

three two hundred line zero in the sight

as good as your love can be

black and red are the colors in my head

raise the flag I’m on my way

so when you hear that boom you know I’m thinking of you

love is just a cannon shot away


I’m the sergeant in command of passion’s tender hands

the cannon always rings twice they say

so when you hear that boom you know I’m thinking of you

Love Is Just A Cannon Shot Away


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IDF artillery fire
When you hear that boom you know I’m thinking of you

This was a love letter to my girlfriend when I was doing my army service, once I had been assigned to a combat regiment in late 1985. She was in Jerusalem and I was on maneuvers in the Negev desert sands near Shivta, the IDF's field artillery school (a scenario that would repeat itself two more times during my service). My job at the time was mapping out the locations and directions of my unit's firing position using a directional computer and a good old-fashioned paper map; some of the positions on the map were code named with girls' names, and at one point my unit stopped on the point that had been given my girlfriend's name. That was the impetus for these lyrics. I wrote these lyrics during breaks in the action and finished the song in time for the next weekend I had off base, and I showed the song to her the next time I saw her ... and I had to decipher most of it for her because of the heavy use of jargon, some of which was translated literally from Hebrew. But she appreciated it all the same.


Musically, the song has a fast, even furious rhythm and the chord progression is a cross between rock and Mizrahi music, which may be commonplace today but at the time was rarely done. I banged it out on the piano numerous times but never before an audience or on record.

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