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  1. War Song

From the recording War Song


WAR SONGAye, she was bonnie and brilliantAnd her hand all the younger lads soughtAnd I found myself starting to love herBut I knew she could never be boughtSo suprised was my heart when she told meThat she'd love me from dusk until dawnNot a moment more would she bestow meFor the last man she loved was still gone      See, he never came back from the war      And she never did see him no more      He had told her for God and for country      He must walk from her charms, be a brother in arms as beforeShe had no reason to doubt meWhen I told her I'd measure her painFor I found myself feeling so deeplyBut I saw I was feeling in vainNevermore could the promises hold herNevermore would my promise hold meWhen the notice arrived in my mailboxAnd I saw I must fight to be free       See, he never came back from the war       And she never did see him no more       But I too have a God and country       I shall never look back when the bastards attack       There is space in my mind for a love left behind       I'm lamenting what could have been so very good       She was true all along, it was I who who was staging an actWaiting against time and against the foeHearing of lost lives with a life she must liveNo matter what comes she must carry onLeaving the Bronx she goes west to ChampaignWatching for hot fire from determined foesSeeing the dead men, wondering if I'd liveNo matter what comes I must carry onLeaving Paree we go east to save Maine  The tide turned with critcal victoriesAnd the enemy had to give inTheir surrender gave hope to all free menWhose free spirit comes from withinSo the honorable discharge was writtenAnd the ship took me home to my townHad the brilliant and bonnie lass waited?No, she hadn't, she did not stick around       See, I hadn't come back from the war       And I never did see her no more       Now I still love my God and my country       But I fear I shall never have love that's forever       In love I may fall, but war kept true love outside the door