Susan McKeown

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Rock - General | New York, United States
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Member Since: 2009
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Song Description

a girl sees her brother off to war while she keeps living her high school life. She read his letters and tries not to worry while she knows that her brother is probably in more danger that he lets on. He finally comes home, albeit to be burried and the si

Story Behind the Song

Amy Speace has met many families of soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan on her tours through the US. One girl she met told her the story of how she lost her brother and how she feels about that. This is that girl's story.

Lyrics

WEIGHT OF THE WORLD
(SPEACE/CASWELL/VEZNER)

I still see my brother Michael,
pressed and polished, shaking hands down at the store
Everyone had come to see the all-star hop the greyhound bus and go to war
He punched me in the arm to say goodbye
It was the first time that I saw our father cry

I kept all my brother's letters tied in ribbon in a box beneath my bed
Every night I read by flashlight with the covers in a tent above my head
His words said "Not to worry, doing fine"
It was his way of trying to ease my mind
While I was trying not to read between the lines

The weight of the world, too heavy to lift
So much to lose, so much to miss
It doesn't seem fair that an innocent boy
Should have to carry the weight of the world

Then it was football games and homecoming and
picking out our dresses for the prom
With my brother in some desert dodging bullets when he wasn't dodging bombs
While we went from the land of brave and free
To just being afraid to disagree
While I was being brought down to my knees by

The weight of the world, too heavy to lift
So much to lose, so much to miss
It doesn't seem fair that an innocent boy
Should have to carry the weight of the world

It was the middle of December when the Army sent my brother home at last
While the flagpole by the football field flew the colors half-way down the mast
The wind blew cold and snow was coming down
Still everybody turned out from our town
As we laid my brother in that frozen ground

The weight of the world, too heavy to lift
So much was lost, so much was missed
It doesn't seem fair that any boy or any girl
Should have to carry the weight of the world

Song Length
5:18
Genres
Rock - Modern, Folk - Rock
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Female Vocal
Moods
Mad, Poignant

Subject Matter
War, Protest

Similar Artists
Lucinda Williams, Joan Baez
Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Amy Speace / Jud Caswell / Jon Vezner
Music Credits Amy Speace / Jud Caswell / Jon Vezner
Producer Credits James Mastro
Publisher Credits Speace Monster Music (BMI) / Alderdown Songs (ASCAP) / Mini Apples Music (BMI)
Performance Credits Amy Speace
Label Credits Wildflower Records