The Soldiering Life


Ambling madly all over the town
The call to arms you likened to a whisper
I likened to a radio
You were a brick bat, a bowery tuff, so rough
They called you from a cartoon
Pulled out of your pantaloons

But You
My brother in arms
I’d rather I’d lose my limbs
Than let you come to harm

But You
My bombazine doll
The bullets may singe your skin
And the mortars may fall

But I
I never felt so much life
Than tonight
Huddled in the trenches
Gazing on the battle field
Our rifles blaze away
We blaze away

The Decemberists, “The Soldiering Life”