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.



Dm                    Am
Your power rules the skies

Dm                         Am
Your strength commands the seas

     E7                 Am
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.