This song is hard to explain. I didn't fully "get it" when I wrote it. It just kind of happened and then I was like, uh? My husband was studying ancient history and trying to figure out where the northern ten tribes went after Alexander the Great conquered Babylon. Very long story short, he came to believe that America is "Ephraim" in Bible prophecy. I think the song is about Ephraim/America turning away from God, from the perspective of Judah. The wind of persuasion which bends the trees I understand to mean the media/data control and the trees being men.
AM, DM, C, Em
Am E7 Am E7 Am
Hearken, my young brother, I am pressed to go to war
E7 Am E7 Am
Will you rise to aid me with your mighty men and swords?
Dm C Am Dm C Am
For you were surely made for war. You were surely made for war.
E7 Em Am
You were surely made for war.
Your power rules the skies
Your strength commands the seas
And though the beggar cries
Am E7 Em Am
The wind of your persuasion bends the trees.
Blessed among your brethren, crowned with every glory’s gain
King among the nations, laden down with greed and fame.
Blind and blue-eyed brother cry! Cast off your rebellious pride.
Cast off your rebellious pride
Lost among the nations, idols you have turned to serve
Stranger to the laws of God, rumors of your death we’ve heard.
Mourners, mourn for Ephraim, call for him to turn again.
Call for him to turn again.