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 Ed Pickford © prs

What happens to the soldier when they say the war is done?

When the killing fields are silent and birdsong has begun

I’ve heard it said in a soldier’s head the battle rages on?

What happens – what happens to the soldier?


What happens to the soldier when the sacrifice is made?

When the hell of war is over and the ghosts are on parade

I’ve heard it said in a soldier’s head the whole damn thing’s replayed

What happens – what happens to the soldier?


Chorus:

Time and tide of history wash over unmarked graves

Soldiers of misfortune - lonely and the brave

All the faceless victims – women kids and men

Blood that flowed so freely from a politician’s pen


A soldier’s mind is wasteland once its scarred by bloody war

For what’s concealed will be revealed when time brings to the fore

The memories that that never die but slowly start to thaw

That happens - that happens to the soldier


Though everyone’s a victim they don’t all carry guns

For everyone’s a victim all the daughters, mothers,sons

The memories that deeply sleep will leap at sound of drums

That happens - that happens to the soldier


Chorus:


What happened to the soldier when they said the war was done?

When the killing fields were silent and birdsong had begun

Did the soldier rest in peace eleven zero one?

What happened what happened to the soldier?


Silent now the statues stand - symbols of some past command

Who gave all in conflicts fanned by some politician’s hand

And yearly marching band pays tribute from a grateful land

As all emotions smolder



Eleven - Zero - One
David Normanton recorded by Anthony Robb - musicians Anthony Robb & Stewart Hardy
Barrie Temple plus David Normanton - recorded by Barrie Temple