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No cannonballs did fly
No rifles cut us down
No bombs fell from the sky
No blood soaked the ground
No powder flash blinded the eye
No deafening thunder sounded
But just as sure as the hand of god
They brought death to my hometown
They brought death to my hometown
No shells ripped the evening sky
No cities burning down
No armies stormed the shores for which we’d die
No dictators were crowned
High off on a quiet night
I never heard a sound
The marauders raided in the dark and brought death to my hometown, boys
Death to my hometown

They destroyed our families’ factories and they took our homes
They left our bodies on the plains
The vultures picked our bones
So listen up, my Sonny boy
Be ready for when they come
For they’ll be returning sure as the rising sun
Now get yourself a song to sing and sing it ’til you’re done
Yeah, sing it hard and sing it well
Send the robber baron’s straight to hell
The greedy thieves that came around
And ate the flesh of everything they’ve found
Whose crimes have gone unpunished now
Walk the streets as free men now
And they brought death to our hometown, boys
Death to our hometown, boys
Death to our hometown, boys
Death to our hometown



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    UnregisteredMay 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm
    The song is reflective of the changes in our society. There was racial tension, which has yet to be dealt with. Because we, as a society cannot get past race, ethnicity, have suffered. It has destroyed the small town feel of america. First poster got it all wrong. The divisions and hatred in america is alive and well. Unfortunately, we have yet to deal with the root of the problem, a permissive society that does not hold people accountable for their actions. While there has been a lot focus on the trayvon martin case, nothing has been said about what happened in norfolk. Plus 90% of black murders are committed by blacks on blacks, a fact few have paid any attention to, because it would force the black community to really look its decayed self.
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    UnregisteredApr 15, 2012 at 3:26 am
    In one sense, his song is reflecting "what comes around, goes around". The town showed lack of unity - even disunity, through discrimination. The struggle with whether to leave to make life better for yourself is one I can certainly relate to. Coming to the realization that it was not home sweet home is tough. As you grow up, your imagination builds a sweetness that may get ripped away like a tornado when it is tested.

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