Story Behind The Song

Anti-war song with an upbeat, cheerful vibe set against some dark lyrics.

Song Length 2:49 Genre Folk - Alternative, Jazz - Dixieland
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Female Vocal
Mood Affable, Cheerful Subject War, Peace
Similar Artists Tom Waits, Randy Newman Language English
Era 2000 and later


soldiers, soldiers, drinking out the night
bombs that splutter in the road
gets kind of eerie in the pale daylight
when you know you're far away from home

sand, sand, dollars in your shoes
coats that fasten all wrong
face so pale i thought that i was dead
i died and i was singing this song:

beat heart beat
flow blood flow
gonna cry like a crow
on some dark corner of the road

planes, planes, singing in the sky
falling now like angels in the air
blood on the needle of a fresh tattoo
leaving lines as fine as angel-hair

grown sore, steady in my hand
sandstorm lifting in the noon
gunsore, gunsore, sitting in the shade,
chewing gum and humming this tune:


and there are things i would not wish for you
not wish for you, not wish for you
to see those things i would not wish for you to see...

blindfold, blindfold, hanging from a tree
rape grows yellow in the fields
standing in the porchlight with your hair like flames,
i stood out by the trailers and wept

girls, girls, crying in their clothes
spiders in the holes beneath my feet
felt so cold i thought that i was dead;
i died and i was singing this song:


angel ray almost seventeen
swallowing up the bullets like sweets
lay out in the sand like god's sweet dream
(lying like a drunk out in the street)

smile on his face but his neck torn clean
nothing in his pockets but a comb
tell my mum i'm gonna marry justine
just as soon as i can get home

© 2008 kirsty mcgee / big oak songs

Lyrics Kirsty McGee Music Kirsty McGee
Producer Mike West Publisher Touch Tones
Performance Kirsty McGee, Mat Martin, Mike West, Colin Mahoney, Katie Euliss Label Hobopop Recordings
This track is on 3 Member Playlists
Playlist Creator Playlist Name Date Added
Delta Burnett Reed Folk Music 7/15/2018
Delta Burnett Reed My Top Songs 7/15/2018
Delta Burnett Reed Deltas favorites 7/15/2018

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