Burning Sand

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Burning Sand

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Update: I like it and I am already revising the lyrics so the lyrics below may not match what I orginally sung during skirmish.

This one was kinda inspired by Country Joe And The Fish - Vietnam Song.

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Burning Sand
July 21, 2017
http://parksandrececommerce.com/JohnStaplesMusic-50-90/JohnStaples-BurningSand.mp3

grew up in Kentucky
where the green assaults your eyes
but they sent us to the desert
sand for days and endless skies

burning sand
its freedom, man
bomb their towns
desecrate their land
don't know why
they can't understand
we're here to set them free
burning sand

stayed too long in country
and our tempers grew quite thin
terrorized men and women
and their children and their kin

burning sand
its freedom, man
bomb their towns
desecrate their land
don't know why
they can't understand
we're here to set them free
burning sand

but one day out on patrol
I came upon an injured girl
she was fading fast with eyes as blue as sky
I held her in my arms
as she took her final breath
I wondered why she never even cried

then I realized a part of me had died

burning sand
its freedom, man
bomb their towns
desecrate their land
don't know why
they can't understand
we're here to set them free
burning sand

burning sand
its freedom, man
bomb their towns
desecrate their land
don't know why
they can't understand
we're here to set them free
burning sand

© 2017 John Staples JohnStaplesMusic.com

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Burning Sand
July 21, 2017
http://viswebsys.com/JohnStaplesMusic/50-90-2017/JohnStaples-BurningSand.mp3

I grew up in Kentucky
where the green assaults your eyes
but they sent us to the desert
sand for days and endless skies

burning sand
its freedom, man
bomb their towns
desecrate their land
dunno why they
don't understand
we're here to set them free
from burning sand

we stayed too long in country
and our tempers grew quite thin
we'd rough up men and women
and their children and their kin

burning sand
its freedom, man
bomb their towns
desecrate their land
dunno why they
don't understand
we're here to set them free
from burning sand

but one day out on patrol
I came upon an injured child
she was fading fast with eyes as blue as sky
I held her in my arms
as she took her final breath
I wondered why she never even cried
then I realized a part of me had died

burning sand
its freedom, man
bomb their towns
desecrate their land
dunno why they
can't understand
we're here to set them free
from burning sand

© 2017 John Staples JohnStaplesMusic.com



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Comments

Vegansongs's picture

Oh my, This is powerful. Good work on this skirmish- so true.

JWHanberry's picture

one-two-three-what are we fighting for. Very well done song and message. If it's at all true, I'm sorry you had to do that. Welcome home.

Sw1n3flu's picture

Blimey this is a good skirmish. Accomplished in all aspects - lyrics, demo, delivery and most of all meaning. Great Job.

yam655's picture

My 6yo said, "I like this song." As it kept going he said, "Now I love it!"

It's a good song. I asked him what he liked about it, and he couldn't tell me anything specific.

zxcvbnm's picture

Good song and I love the performance too, well done.

OdilonGreen's picture

Just a voice and a simple guitar and those lyrics; individually, each is undoubtedly strong, but here, together, they forge some serious (and seriously moving) magic.

writeandwrong's picture

Awww Cray 2 This one teared me up ♥ ♥ ♥ A topic that's close to my very soul. Simple and powerful all wrapped into one. Honestly.. not many words for this other than... nothing short of amazing...

This was a skirmish?? Good work. Another journey song that just catches up the listener and deposits us at the end with an emotional blow to the head!

ChariotBaldwin's picture

This is great. I have no idea how you're gonna pick the songs for your album. Move to Nashville already man! This is an amazing song from the eyes of a soldier, the ones who keep us safe, sometimes at the cost of their own humanity. Bravo sir, seriously.

mike skliar's picture

very well done, paints a vivid picture and its an important subject... great work! I like how conversational the chorus is...

tsunamidaily's picture

understated, so it doesn't hammer over the head. the irony of the hook, where "we've come to set them free" has just the right amount of bite in its portrayal of cluelessness. right on point in message and delivery.