The lyrics are written by Joan Gibbs.. The music is to the tune of the" Ballad of the Green Beret", which when it came out made her very angry. Because it was glorifying war, which she hates. So she thought, "well, ok, I like that tune, it is catchy but your words are rotten. So I wrote some of my own words that do not glorify war, but tell it the way it really is."