The Sad and Silent Song of a Soldier

And the flag draped coffins are a sailin’ home
And the waves are watchin’ as the engine drones
As the ship draws near, hear the bugle moan
The sad and silent song of a soldier

With a hero’s greeting we will welcome him,
With hero’s speeches we will honor him,
With a hero’s ending we will bury him,
That’s the sad and silent song of a soldier.

And comfort his family with a telegram,
We regret to inform you we have lost a man,
But we gave him the highest medal of the land,
That’s the sad and silent song of a soldier.

We know what an awful price he had to pay,
But the enemy was contained for another day,
We trained him well, he would have wanted it that way,
That’s the sad and silent song of a soldier.

Oh, the weary wounded they wait by his side,
Wondering why, they hadn’t also died,
The picture of patriotic pride,
That’s the sad and silent song of a soldier.

And the flag is at half mast wet with foreign rain,
Ignored by the strangers he had helped to train,
To him it was duty to them a game,
That’s the sad and silent song of a soldier.

At Arlington he’s lowered down without a pause,
And his native land welcomes him with open jaws,
And the tombstone reads, “Such a noble cause,”
That’s the sad and silent song of a soldier.

Now a moment of silence for the broken man,
While the president proudly crows, “We’ll never bend,”
And cheers their replacements marching off again,
That’s the sad and silent song of a soldier.

And the flag draped coffins are a sailin’ home,
And the waves are a watchin’ as the engines drone,
As the ship draws near, hear the bugle moan
The sad and silent song of a soldier.

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