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battle sarabande

soldiers march to battle, heroes fall
to be imparted on a memorial wall
rank & name
Sergeant Smith, Corporal James

we heard the mortars pop
the long night drags
to tally the body count
& guys in body bags

the stars go down in flames
the treetops dance
& heaven takes the blame
shoulda killed me when they had the chance

I walked Hoyne avenue
in braids & brass
trooper Feddeler they called me
Specialist 4th class

sirens chased my 69 Camaro
high on rockabilly radio
sinful debts I had to pay
spent the night with whores
to drink my dreams away

in this lonely place, this lonely hell
there are no stories left to tell
of tears & heartbreak I inspire
Id scribble one more rhyme
& kiss her one more time

we write our goodbyes, then lay down in the pyre

(Artist: Saul Leiter)

Written by JohnFeddeler
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