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Boy in Pain

Julie Christensen
Language: English


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Too many soldiers are coming back with PTSD (1).
This song started about a friend of my son, both pre-teen at the time, and transformed into a larger topic.
So alone. Only one in the house
Awake in the night..
Searching the stars
For some kind of clue
That would make it all right.
There's a quiet trouble
In the perfect score.
In a brilliant muddle,
You look for more..
And I can't forget
The boy in pain.

Far away, misery is no stranger
to a soldier tonight..
Scanning the sky,
There's heartache and danger
and nothing's all right.
They'd left him at the junction
and waved goodbye.
Were they missing something
behind his eyes?
Well, I can't forget
the boy in pain.
Now I can't forget
the boy in pain.

And he came back home from a place
Whose name he could not say
And the mother leveled her complaint:
« I gave you a good boy,
And you sent me back – you sent me back a murderer! (2)

..You sent me back a murderer..»
There's a quiet trouble.

A mother's eyes
can see from a mile away in the dark.
Heavens above! There must be some reason
he'd landed so hard.
There's a quiet trouble
and a violent war
in his silent bubble,
You look for more
And you can't forget
the boy in pain..

No you can't forget
the boy in pain…

There's a quiet.. trouble...
Notes:

(1) PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder): an anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events and characterized by such symptoms as survivor guilt, reliving the trauma in dreams, numbness and lack of involvement with reality, or recurrent thoughts and images..

(2) quote from a Seymour Hersh article after the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam.


Contributed by giorgio - 2013/2/28 - 08:26



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