Friday, July 08, 2005

The Fight Goes On

So far, over 1700 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and over 100 in Afghanistan. We should never have gone into Iraq; it was, I think, the wrong war and the wrong time. As I posted elsewhere, we should have finished the job in Afghanistan first. That being said, we have an obligation to see the job in Iraq through, and to hold those who got us involved responsible (but how?????). From the Dropkick Murphys:
"Last Letter Home"

Hello there my dearest love
Today I write to you about our sons
The boys start school today
They're the spitting image of you in every way

Hey son it's Dad
I hope this letter finds you well out of harm's way
We saw the news today it frightened your Mom
Now all she does is pray

If I lead will you follow?
Will you follow if I lead?

Hey Melissa it's me don't be afraid
I'm in good hands I'm gonna be home soon
It's time to watch the children grow up
I wanna be more than a voice on the phone

Thanks Ma I got your package today
I love "The Fields Of Athenry"
I swear I want 'em to play that song on the pipes
At my funeral when I die


I stand alone in the distance
And the foreground slowly moves


"We regret to inform you that on January 28th Sgt. Andrew
Farrar died while serving his country in the Al-Anbar province
of Iraq words cannot convey our sorrow"


When there's nothing on the horizon
You've got nothing left to prove

If I lead will you follow?

The story behind this song is interesting. Sgt. Andrew Farrar is a real hero, killed in Iraq, and a big fan of DKM. The song, 'Fields of Athenry,' was played by the DKM at his request, and these lyrics are taken in part from one of his last letters home.
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