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A fallen brother,
He's a
A fallen husband,
He's about to be woken in his hospital bed
Doesn't want to rest
Just wants to run
And he's tired of being told that he's the lucky one
A caped crusader,
She's a
Newborn leader, but
You should see her when her daughter's on the phone
And she wipes the tears away
And she laces up because there's still hell to pay
And it sure feels like hell today
And she says,
You see these hands?
They're bruised and brown
They're yours alone
Hold on love
We're still going down
Hold on love
We're still fighting at home
The war at home
Innocence behind his broken expression
He's a child of mercy
He's an unlearned lesson
And he's trying to wake up
From this wilderness his world has now become
He's reaching out to those he's running from
And he says
You see these hands?
They're bruised and brown
They're yours alone
Hold on now
We're still going down
Hold on now
We're still fighting
And it's
One step forward, two steps back
This is all who are marching
One step forward, two steps back
This is young at home
One step forward, two steps back
Through the void of the silence
You are not alone
You see these hands?
They're millions strong
They are yours now
Hold on now
We're all going down
Hold on now

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    UnregisteredApr 25, 2012 at 10:31 am
    Josh groban wrote this song as a tribute to the war heroes and veteran. (he said "i was talking to soldiers. Theirs is a struggle we ignore as a country - the veterans who come home and fight battles for the rest of their lives. ")
    What many fail to realise is that war doesn't begin and end on the front line. Neither does the battle begin and end there for the soldiers, many of whom struggle to leave it behind; struggle to rebuild their lives. This song sums this up completely and everyone should listen to this song periodically, to remind them of how lucky they are that there are men and women who are prepared to stand up and fight for their country, for freedom. As was commented by another on this page.. Freedom isn't free. Freedom is a battle that has to be won and them quietly and consistently fought, forever more. Josh has brought these feelings to us all, and given them an incredible music score. Congratulations josh!
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    UnregisteredSep 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    i think it means that we always think about the hell that our soldiers have to pay, and we often forget what their family feels while theyre away. Failies of soldiers suffer just as much, just in a different way, and i think we often forget that. Thank you to all those who are fighting for our freedom...Freedom isn't free. Thank you to all our soldiers!
  • U
    UnregisteredDec 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm
    The lyrics are self-explanatory. Men and women of our Armed Services signed a blank check upon entry. They've done their time fighting, only to come home to fight for their lives, their well-being, their self-esteem. Many have physical wounds while many have wounds we can't see. Add to these wounds the insensitive nature of some people, and things only escalated, especially for those battle weary soldiers who are home and suffering from PTSD and TBI (post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury). Many, many people do not know how to address a veteran and in their own way, unbeknownst to them, set off triggers. This country needs to educate everyone. This country owes a debt to those who survived the horrors; this country owes it to the service members' families. This country needs to appreciate these men and women and their families and get off their high horses and do something to help. No more lipsynching but action. And I dare anyone to say that those men and women knew what would/could happen. And I'll wager those same people who make that statement never served this country in the Armed Services. Thank you to all the service men and women who served, will serve, who survived and who are still struggling. Thank you to their families for supporting them and allowing them to fight for me, my family, my friends.
  • r
    Roo2Jan 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm
    Not entirely sure but I think this song is about fighting overseas during war and fighting in the home. We're willing to go to a foreign country to offer our life for our homeland and yet we continue to rage wars in our own homes, teaching our children war not peace. May even go deeper than this but it touched me in this way.

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