Ed Sheeran Covers Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’ [Video]
Ed Sheeran, the soulful British singer, covered Bob Dylan’s war protest song "Masters of War" for Bono’s The ONE Campaign, which seeks to eliminate extreme global poverty.
Next week, The ONE Campaign will be heading to the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland. U2 frontman Bono, as the founder of ONE, will speak to the issue of poverty in Africa, as world leaders meet to talk about economic issues around the world.
Dylan’s "Masters of War" is about the Cold War arms build up in the 1960s – an event President Eisenhower suggested was instigated by the “military-industrial complex,” according to Enstarz. One of the most powerful lines Sheeran delivers with all of the necessary emotion goes, "You fasten all the triggers for the others to fire/ Then you set back and watch when the death count gets higher."
Sheeran’s cover of "Masters of War" was but one of many covers of iconic war songs compiled for the album put together by Bono for the ONE Campaign’s Agit8 project. Other artists featured on the album are Elvis Costello, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, will.i.am and Mumford & Sons.
The ONE campaign was founded by Bono in 2004, and now has more than 3 million supporters worldwide.