There was a decorated general with a heart of gold,
that likened him to all the stories he told
of past battles won and lost, and legends of old
a seasoned veteran in his own time

On the battlefield he gained respectful fame
with many medals of bravery and stripes to his name
he grew a beard as soon as he could to cover the scars on his face
and always urged his men on

but on the eve of great battle with the infantry in dream
the old general tossed in his sleep and wresled with its meaning
he awoke from the night to tell what he had seen
and walked slowly out of his tent

All the men held tall with their chests in the air
with courage in their blood and fire in their stare
it was a gray morning and they were all wondering how they would fare
till the old general told them to go home

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    he said: I have seen the others, and I have discovered
    that this fight is not worth fighting
    And I've seen their mothers, and I will no other
    to follow me where I'm going, So

    Take a shower and shine your shoes You got no time to lose
    you are young men you must be living  { x2 }
    go now you are forgiven

But the men stood fast with their guns ontheir shoulders
not knowing what to do with the contradicting orders
the general said he would do his own duty but he would extend it no further
the men could go as they please

Not a man moved, their eyes gazed straight ahead
until one by one they stepped back and not a word was said
the general was left with his own words echoing in his head
he then prepared to fight

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