The song, which musically is a simple progression in the key of E, and just strummed on an electric guitar so as not to distract from its message, is delivered in a very lighthearted, unpolished way, despite the seriousness of its message. “Dualism characterizes life,” said Lawrence R. Gelber, who wrote and performed the song. “We wanted to deliver a peace message in an unusual way, so as not to be confused with the protest songs of the 60s,” Gelber noted. “Creating peace should be a joy, even though it is a matter of life and death,” he went on.
The idea behind IDWP - which attempts to create an increase in what it calls “global peace consciousness”
The weight of the lyrics offers dramatic counterpoint to the upbeat tempo and mood of the song, noting that “the claws of war have held us in their grasp” while insisting that it is “time for war to take its final gasp”. The song offers hope, telling the world that everyone can help “make this nightmare cease” by joining in the chorus of ever increasing voices proclaiming “I Declare World Peace”. The tag line of the song “sing it with me now and get all wars to cease” expresses the warm hope that a community coming together can accomplish the task. Not a bad idea.
The “I Declare World Peace – Blues Song” can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/