Whether it is to Vietnam or to the Middle East
Soldiers pack their bags to heed the call
Some will survive the tour, while some will fall
It doesn't matter where the call is from
Soldiers take heed when America says: "Come"
A war is still a war
We had a war to 'end all wars'
When will countries stop trying to even the score?
The Big One didn't do the trick to make them cease
Countries still have a problem living at peace
Whether it takes place in a jungle or a desert
A war still calls to its men in arms
Good men will show up to help keep the peace
To stand up for those who cannot protect themselves
Good men will assist those who need their help
Men are saying they don't want to come home just yet
When you feel the job's not done, it's hard for it to set
A job not done, gets inside your bones my Son
In Vietnam we knew, we went home yet there was still no calm
It plays on your mind
You feel you let down the memories of those left behind
You come home, but not alone
You bring ghosts of a war, you seen things you never seen before
That kind of thing, the sights, the smells, the people are in your core
Your civilian loved ones don't understand
Don't understand what you gave up to become a man
You gave up your youth and rose colored glasses
You gave it all up to kick some enemy asses
Loved ones will never fully get how you feel
They ask: "What's wrong, whats the deal?"
You can never fully explain
In the area of war, you're on a different plane
Some people will even peg you as insane
But you know you cannot just return to the mundane
Bless you my Comrades
What you saw, what you will always feel, they don't get;
But rest assured you did America proud
You were taken from the herd, away from the crowd
It takes a special person to go to those shores
Maybe when it comes to war, America will eventually say: "Nevermore."