Monday, May 28, 2007

Folded Colors UPDATED!

UPDATE 9 Sept 2007: The MP3s (low- and high-bitrate) are (finally!) up at GarageBand.

This is the first example of the "new tactics" I referred to a couple of posts back, in a continuing effort to change (or reinforce) the thinking of as many people as I can about what this nation needs to be doing.

The urge to write this was triggered by this post, from my Bash Brother, Subsunk ... and you can see why, by the first two comments I left in the thread.

My intent was to have it recorded (just me and my accoustic guitar) and up on Garageband.com by now for download, but work and family needs have delayed that. It will be up there, soon (after all, if Greyhawk can strive to get 'er done while in the Sandbox, this cake-eater can get 'er done on the sandspit known as Long Island).

Hope this brings some good to you, on this Day of Memoriam ...


As I watched as my grandfather was laid to rest, having served in World War II
The flag of our nation was placed over his casket, showing him the honor he was due
Then those colors were carefully folded and gently, placed into my Granny's hands
As a token of thanks to them for serving our nation, so long ago in foreign lands

I have seen that ritual, again and again, and each time it makes me catch my breath
At the sight of presenting that folded flag, to the one left behind by death
It's especially hard, when the one being honored just fell by the enemy's hand
It makes me ask what can I do, so not so many, die so young to defend this land?

Let me stand up
Let me stand strong
so that not so many folded colors
have to pass from the hands of a grateful nation
to a young wife, or to a mother
Let's reserve the flags to cover our brave people with honor
when elderly and weathered
they pass from our grateful nation to rejoin their mothers
and fight no more forever

It's tempting to think that we could slow this down, by just simply walking away
Just lay down our arms, extend an open hand, talk things out to a better way
But I've yet to see those who are totally bent on, stealin' life and liberty
Make the choice to stop that stealin' all on their own, unconfronted by those who'd be free

It comes down to this, just because we might say, that we're going to fight no more
Doesn't mean that the enemy will agree, but instead will keep on waging war.
Except that it will be waged, on the enemy's terms, and they'll prove again it's a lie
To say War's Never The Answer as, again and again, they take our bravest young ones' lives.

Let us stand up
Let us stand strong
so that not so many folded colors
have to pass from the hands of a grateful nation
to a young wife, or to a mother
Let's reserve the flags to cover our brave people with honor
when elderly and weathered
they pass from our grateful nation to rejoin their mothers
and fight no more forever

If you say that America should not even be there,
then I say if not us, then who?
The thugs will keep on spilling the world's innocent blood,
unless we stand and defeat these fools.
We've seen that nations that respect the rights of their people,
don't threaten us any more
If we're gonna live free 'til there's a better answer,
such nations are worth fighting for

Not everyone's meant to wear the uniform, or go into harm's way
But we need everyone to keep this nation strong, and make wisdom her basis today
Whatever your power or wealth or intellect, when you add wisdom and humanity
We get a powerful force in the Home of the Brave, to keep it the Land of the Free

You could be serving by doing the job you know best, and preserving our prosperity.
And by reminding your Congressman, along with your neighbors,
what it's gonna take for us to stay free.
You could serve as an Angel to our uniformed heroes, or maybe buy one lunch at the mall
Or making sure past and present they will be respected, by taking a watch at The Wall

Will you stand up?
Will you stand strong?
so that not so many folded colors
have to pass from the hands of a grateful nation
to a young wife, or to a mother?
Let's reserve the flags to cover our brave people with honor
when elderly and weathered
they pass from our grateful nation to rejoin their mothers
and fight no more forever

Copyright 2007, Richard G. Casebolt

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Comments:
Rich: Thanks for your comments on my page. I appreciate it.

I'm glad to see your blog. I'll bookmark it and make a point to visit over here now and again.

Take care!

Burkean Reflection
 
Updated my blogroll - welcome aboard at Burkean Reflections!

Burkean Reflections

And thanks for all of your great comments today - keep 'em coming!

You're a good man. Have a great holiday.
 
hi there!..yes i will stand up!..great work and keep up the good fight!!!
 
Came over from Douglas' place -
This is a truly moving piece.
I await the recording!!!
Thank you.
 
rich-this is beautiful! very moving! and i love it! came over from donald's page, and i'm sure i'll be a regular visitor here!
 
Rich: Congratulations on getting your song up on the streaming audio and download.

I just finished listening. It's very well done, light but heartfelt.

Your recording deserves wide distribution. Thank you for this!
 
I saw your comment on B5 30 things...
I clicked your link, you have a good blog here. I also Bookmarked,

Thanks

PS
I lived on L.I. good luck to you there. (Islip) (Now residing in FL)
(and soon to be South Carolina!)

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