Last Man Standing

Malachy Tallack
Language: English

90 years go by, like clouds in an autumn sky,
Like words lost in endless conversations.
In dreams we build our perfect worlds
Our hearts made strong, our fingers curled
Round stones cast from our imagination.
But some stones never crumble or collide
As from our dreams they’re torn
With these stones I have travelled all my life
And I’m still holding on.

I’ve stood with men in fields of mud
And trenches filled with shit and blood
I’ve felt the burn of tears and perspiration.
I’ve seen friends and brothers die
And I remember every crime that I
Committed in the name of my nation.
But sometimes I have to wonder what it’s worth
This world that I must leave.
As all our hopes are squaundered and destroyed
By emptiness and greed.

When I lay down in that cold ground,
I don’t want their flag wrapped around me.
When I lay down in that cold, cold ground...

I’m not a superstitious man, I’ve always done the best I can
I’ve never had a god to light my way.
But I kept my faith in fellow men and I swore I’d never fight again
Cause nothing is worth the sacrifice we gave.
They say we cannot forget those brave souls
Who fought their country’s cause
But it’s them who must remember what was lost
In their war to end all wars.

When I lay down in that cold ground,
I don’t want their flag wrapped around me
When I lay down....

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