Story Behind The Song

Setting out to write a song about Gulf War syndrome and how it was effecting veterans, I soon realized that the song was no longer about just Gulf War vets but all vets--and how they're ignored by those who send them to war.

Song Description

An attempt to write a song about Gulf War (first one) syndrome and its effects on veterans.

Song Length 3:43 Genre Rock - Roots/Rock n' Roll, Country - Rock
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Poignant, Troubled Subject War, Protest
Similar Artists Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones Language English
Era 2000 and later


Terry's having a hard time getting out of bed
A numbness in his legs and a pain in his head
Jane's gone and lost her keys again
It's getting hard to remember her days with night closing in

Juan doesn't regret the time he served
But he's never been so anxious and desperate just to be heard
My favorite food tastes rotten now
Hot dogs and apple pie I gotta fight just to keep 'em down

Raymond Jr won't see his family again
Just the money they send him for a disease they can't comprehend
Will this old story ever end
Another generation slaughtered and the people wave flags and pretend.

Lyrics Chris DeMay Music West of Rome
Producer West of Rome Publisher Prairie Wind Howl Music, ASCAP
Performance Chris DeMay--guitar, vocal, Marc Alberts--organ, Tom Cox--bass, Dan Kennedy--mandolin, Andrew Beaumong--drums Label Whack-A-Doo Records
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