They Were

They Were

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Liner Notes: 

THEME/PROMPT: Tears/Hold your tears/Dry your tears/She had no tears/Tears and Smiles/Never showed his tears...

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Lyrics: 

They Were..

V1
they dried their eyes
they hid their whys
they tried their best
to show toughness
like the rest

they dried their eyes
went off to fight

C
they were the soldiers
troops of questionable wars
they were the soldiers
unsure what they were
fighting for

they were the soldiers
with blood on their hands
and sad dry eyes

V2
they held their tears
they hid their fears
they tried their best
to be stoic
like the rest

they held their tears
all those years

C
they were the medics
saving torn up young troops
they were the medics
putting their hearts in
dead soldiers’ shoes

they were the medics
with no fears or tears just
compassionate lies

V3
they tried to laugh
they hid their past
they tried their best
to move on
like the rest

they tried to laugh
to make time pass

C
they were the veterans
trying to forget who they killed
they were the veterans
who lived on in chronic pain
addicted to pills

they were the veterans
with frightening flash backs
crazy laughs and long sighs

B
they were children
they were parents
they were family
they were survivors
who didn’t die
who couldn’t cry
and never knew why

OUTRO
they were the soldiers
with blood on their hands
and tired sad dry eyes

they were the medics
with no fears or tears just
compassionate lies

they were the veterans
with frightening flash backs
crazy laughs and long sighs

they were…



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Comments

coolparadiso's picture

Im a sucker for what we call pro soldier, anti war songs. I love writing them and reading or listening. This is very good, touches on many issues, not over dwelling. Nice

vivalarayna's picture

This is very powerful and effective lyric writing. You are telling timeless stories that are familiar to many, yet also those of so many nameless. The "putting their hearts in/dead soldiers’ shoes... compassionate lie" section hit hard.

Sidenote: I used to volunteer mentor veterans and Wounded Warriors in transition. It's a huge adjustment. I think this piece would hit home for many.

I really appreciate this take. It's important. The repetition really brings home the depth of what the soldiers are carrying, beyond what folks can see.

Sunfire's picture

Really nicely done. Touching on the physical & emotional casualties of war.

AndreaB's picture

This is very emotional and powerful. I like the different time frames. War is horrible, but it doesn't always end when the war are over. Super write!