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 Posted: Mon Nov 11th, 2019 04:51 pm
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I wrote this last year after some PTSD nightmares. They seldom have a traumatic effect on me now. The picture attached was taken by my assistant gunner minutes before a big battle. CMA

Fight The Bullets
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Verse 1:
Thousands of bullets, hundreds of bombs
He checks my ammo and cleans his guns
Patches his arm and writes to his mom
He marks his rounds, no overruns
And pray this clash may soon be finished
In endless wars that don’t diminish

Chorus: (rap)
His heart is torn and his back is sore
His soul’s exhausted from this war
If you approach him from the back
Put up your guard, he may attack
If you awake him from a dream
Move far away, he goes extreme
If you think you understand
Fight the bullets, if you can

Verse 2:
Thousands of hours, all of the dread
Another wet march, a night pitch black
Clears the death-thoughts, that swim in his head
Never thought he’d bring this war back
He sees muzzle flash and returns fire
In endless wars that never expire

Chorus: (rap)
His heart is torn and his back is sore
His soul’s exhausted from this war
If you approach him from the back
Put up your guard, he may attack
If you awake him from a dream
Move far away, he goes extreme
If you think you understand
Fight the bullets, if you can

Verse 3:
Thousands of deaths, none forgotten
Their names set in stone, cherish them all
Those combat patches sewn of cotton
On Veterans Day they’re standing tall
But within his dreams, he signs up for
More endless battles, nightmares of war

Chorus: (rap)
His heart is torn and his back is sore
His soul’s exhausted from this war
If you approach him from the back
Put up your guard, he may attack
If you awake him from a dream
Move far away, he goes extreme
If you think you understand
Fight the bullets, if you can

Post Chorus: (spoken)
Fight the bullets, if you can

© 2018 Charles M Anderson

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Last edited on Tue Nov 12th, 2019 02:41 am by cmaja



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 Posted: Mon Nov 11th, 2019 05:30 pm
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Charles, I dont say this lightly. Thank you for your service. Very nice write... the rap chorus is cool. Great job. Happy Veterans Day.

Bunny.

PS. So glad youre going to do the challenge... nice job.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 11th, 2019 08:06 pm
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That's very moving Charles. And paints a really vivid picture. Good job.



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 Posted: Mon Nov 11th, 2019 09:58 pm
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First and foremost - Thank you for your service. I am so sorry you went through that hell.

These lyrics are amazing. They are vivid and elicit strong emotions. Those that are personal always have a strong feel to them. This is one of my favorites!



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 Posted: Mon Nov 11th, 2019 10:51 pm
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Great lyrics, Charles. Happy Veterans Day, and thank you for your service.



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Thanks to all of you for the positive reviews. I wrote this when I was kinda upset with the PTSD thing continuing for over 50 years. I remember saying to myself, ‘Enough already with the war dreams!’ But writing lyrics about it is good therapy.

And Andrea going through hell help to appreciate heaven. Much of it is a matter of perspective. When I talk to the other machine gunner, generally, we feel the experience was overall positive. You kinda get use to being in war and fighting battles. But when we weren’t we had a good time. Sometimes, when I talk to some of the other guys and we are talking about a particular engagement, I’m surprised at how they remember the horror of it when I didn’t see it as horrific as they did. Perspective.

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