Soldier’s Song by Lucinda Williams

I met my enemy today
Baby sends the little one out to play
Enemy shot two of my buddies down
Baby rides the little one on the
merry-go-round

By my post, I’m standing guard
Baby hopes for roses in the front yard
I don’t know my enemy’s name
Baby takes the little one to a
baseball game

Why am I in this God forsaken place?
Baby washes the dirt off the
little one’s face
Ten year olds in the killing fields
Baby’s planning the weekly meals

Bodies in a muddy ditch
Baby’s got supper to fix
My buddy’s got a hole in his head
Baby’s getting the little one ready for bed

Today I shot my enemy
Baby gives the little one a hug for me
Both my buddy’s legs got blown off
Baby tends to the little one’s cough

I stare down the barrel of a gun
Baby’s goin’ out to have some fun
I hear ringing in my ears
Baby’s face is all wet with tears

I hear echoes of shots
Baby’s only thinkin’ sweet thoughts
Why the hell did they send me
here to fight?
Baby kisses my picture and turns
off the light

I can’t look my enemy in the eye
Baby tells the little one, daddy’s
gone bye-bye
Today I took a bullet through the heart
Baby’s gonna have to make a
brand new start

I met my enemy today
Baby sends the little one out to play
Enemy shot two of my buddies down
Baby rides the little one on the
merry-go-round

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8 responses to “Soldier’s Song by Lucinda Williams

  1. Pamela, that was… a masterpiece! 🙂 You are a true artist! —Eric

  2. dang…what powerful lyrics to this song….her rather strangled voice as well….so fitting….moving…sad…the vid of the kid soldiers as well…ugh

  3. So poignant and so sad. Boys barely in their teens having to put up with adult matters. ‘Baby would have to…a cruel world’ They have to take sides so early in life.The sad throes of the song keeps ringing and lingering! Brilliant take Pam!

    Hank
    Anything the matter, Ma’am. Difficulty in typing? Hope things are ok, Pray be!

  4. that was very powerful and lyrical and sad…thank you

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