St. Augustine's Confession

from Barn Owl- The Roman Empire Never Ended by Jared Both

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A history tale about the fall of Rome. For most of the song I used the text from City of God verbatim and then threw Augustine of Hippo's just war theory on its head with a final refrain that brings the history into the present day.


All the devastation the butchering the plundering the conflagration and all the anguish were in accord with the general practise of war. All of Rome had totally surrendered. The barbarian savagery had a gentle nature, the large basilisks chosen set aside. Filled with people spared by the enemy. No one taken away into captivity. All of Rome had totally surrendered. Everything was stolen or burned to the ground. No one who hid the churches was injured. No one lost their lives for the sake of a few jewels.

How long? Will you hide yourself forever? How long? Will your wrath burn like fire? You have renounced your covenant. You have defiled the crown into the dust.

I will punish their sins with a rod and their iniquities with flogging but I will not take away my love from them or ever forsake my faithfulness. The barbarians will burn down your house, your bank, your supermarket, and police station. But they have not yet burned down the home of Palestinian children.
I will give everything in love and remember no more violence, As hard as it is to live this, I believe everything is possible. Imperial lands surround us! Protect your soul from suffocating! I will cut off and live on the fat of the whale from inside it's swollen belly.


from Barn Owl- The Roman Empire Never Ended, track released June 30, 2010
production: Pat Piper (Dead Medium) writing: Jared Both




Jared Both London, Ontario

I am a songwriter from Southern Ontario who has recorded and performed with:
Barn Owl (Toronto)
-Young Feathers (Kitchener & Hamilton)
-Gospel of Barn Owl (Hamilton)

Now I'm recording and releasing music under my own name with friends from past bands and new friends in London Ontario where I live now.
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