The Evil Of Patriotism When Opposed To Humanism


Perceptions Of Combat

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No Bravery

A nation blind to their disgrace

A 4 Minute Video

02/05/06

Produced by GlobalFreePress.com

Music by James Blunt

From the album Back To Bedlam

 

There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
Tears drying on their face.
He has been here.
Brothers lie in shallow graves.
Fathers lost without a trace.
A nation blind to their disgrace,
Since he's been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.

Houses burnt beyond repair.
The smell of death is in the air.
A woman weeping in despair says,
He has been here.
Tracer lighting up the sky.
It's another families' turn to die.
A child afraid to even cry out says,
He has been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.

There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
But no one asks the question why,
He has been here.
Old men kneel and accept their fate.
Wives and daughters cut and raped.
A generation drenched in hate.
Yes, he has been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.

 

Source: Information Clearing House

James Blunt: The Harrow-educated singer has wedged a lifetime of realised dreams into his 28 years. After graduating from his army-sponsored place at Bristol University, he re-tread his father's and grandfather's footsteps into the force.

He was sent to patrol the streets of Kosovo as a peacekeeper before being promoted to captain.

He was put in charge of leading 30,000 troops into Pristina as the first British officer to enter the Kosovan capital.

"No Bravery", the song that closes his debut album, "Back to Bedlam" was written in Kosovo in 1999, while James was a reconnaissance officer in the British army. On patrol around Pristina, he kept his guitar bolted to the outside of his tank. But in quieter moments, it came out, as he wrote about life as a 22-year-old peacekeeper in the aftermath of one of the decade's bloodiest civil wars. The rest of his unit ordered him to keep the noise down as he wrote and sang in the post-midnight stillness. He didn't keep the noise down. "'No Bravery' is the only complete song I wrote in Kosovo. I wrote it lying by my tank in my sleeping bag with my boots on. You had to sleep with your boots on. The song is pretty fatalistic. The rest of the album is fatalistic," he says wryly.

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