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He said, "Son,
Have you see the world?
Well, what would you say
If I said that you could?
Just carry this gun and you'll even get paid."
I said, "That sounds pretty good."

Black leather boots
Spit-shined so bright
They cut off my hair but it looked alright
We marched and we sang
We all became friends
As we learned how to fight

A hero of war
Yeah that's what I'll be
And when I come home
They'll be damn proud of me
I'll carry this flag
To the grave if I must
Because it's flag that I love
And a flag that I trust

I kicked in the door
I yelled my commands
The children, they cried
But I got my man
We took him away
A bag over his face
From his family and his friends

They took off his clothes
They pissed in his hands
I told them to stop
But then I joined in
We beat him with guns
And batons not just once
But again and again

A hero of war
Yeah that's what I'll be
And when I come home
They'll be damn proud of me
I'll carry this flag
To the grave if I must
Because it's flag that I love
And a flag that I trust

She walked through bullets and haze
I asked her to stop
I begged her to stay
But she pressed on
So I lifted my gun
And I fired away

And the shells jumped through the smoke
And into the sand
That the blood now had soaked
She collapsed with a flag in her hand
A flag white as snow

A hero of war
Is that what they see
Just medals and scars
So damn proud of me
And I brought home that flag
Now it gathers dust
But it's a flag that I love
It's the only flag I trust

He said, "Son, have you seen the world? Well what would you say, if I said that you could?"



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    KoewersMar 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm
    This song has so many different meanings, me being a soldier myself knows how this feels, even though we kill, torture, murder these people, when we get back home people see us as heros of war, we arent heros we are robots doing what we are told to do. But no matter what we have to do we will always stand by our flag and our country to save the lives of our fellow citizens this song made me cry the first time I heard it just because I know what he is talking about, my father being in the National guard has explained this to me and my brother in the Marine Corp, and me being in the army, we understand the meaning and it hits real close to home.
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    mooseking420Mar 23, 2009 at 1:52 pm
    This song really struck me when I first listened to it. I was taken aback by the story that was told about all the deeds the soldier had done. Its an anti-war song and paints a vivid picture of one american and what he has done in the war, and though however terrible his acts were, he still says its the end its a flag that I love and a flag that I trust meaning he would still die for his country and friends.
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    UnregisteredMay 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm
    War what will replace the weaponeer, bankster, resource theft oligarchy? Democratic movements that learn how to (re)instate self-regulation that identifies such self-destructive human tendencies (greed, envy, sloth, timerity) & encourages the positive aspects of our individual & collective ability. That's right, that means you! Setting aside your fears of jeopardizing your meager status quo & making a personal commitment to oppose their (the L. T. 0. 1%) media manipulation & madness. It is true, that the people united can (as democratic movements have oft proven) & must prevail against those who contrive to posess & control all (as they now & increasingly do) & supplant them with rational, humanity/environment supportive & productive ways to exist. The only? Is how much worse must things get, before we, the people, overcome the myths that corporations & religious sects goody upon us & come to our senses in active opposition. The only certainty is the longer such "awakenings" are deferred, the more violent & destructive (of the "nothing" constructs built by the weaponeers, E. G. , f-22/35) will be seen, before a transition society is made. Warning! That transition will likely be fascist (e. G. , through corporate statism/personhood) in nature, which is the immediate challenge to democracy, unless the majority of us now overcome our fears & tries (it only takes trying, you know?) by whatever our individually meager means (like voting) to resist the current doom.
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    308CoverToConcealmentOct 17, 2009 at 8:08 pm
    I agree with bulletfan4life that flag he refurs to in the last chorus, the flag is the American flag and how he knows that he has done rong but the flag has been there threw right and wrong. If he did not see the flag he made the right choice to fire or she may have killed him so in this case I feel as tho he has done the right thing.
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    UnregisteredMay 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    War (including the anti-drug type & derivatives) is marketing for arms profiteers. They trick us into living in fear of inflated enemies, causing us to relinquish our savings & lives to them. They kill innocents to create a perpetual stream of enemies seeking justice & retribution (as would you) keeping the world in flames & suffering. Will they be stopped? Someday, yes. But only after we awake (as is now happening) to their lies & learn how to overcome (by sharing our discoveries) the fear that supports them & ways to resist & overcome their inertia with peaceful & productive ways to expend wealth. They have bankrupted, not only the global economy, but revealed their method (derivatives) of concentrating wealth in increasingly fewer hands. Neither they, their (trained in fantasy) forebears, nor their minions (us) who support them, can long survive on their objective of accumulation for its own sake.

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