• Song:

    The General

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    Gut the Van: Peg

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Tom: Bb5

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There was decorated general with a heart of gold 
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That likened him to all the stories he told 
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Of past battles won and lost and legends of old 
A seasoned veteran in his own time 
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On the battlefield he gained respect for fame 
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With many medals of bravery and stripes to his name 
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He grew a beard as soon as a he could to cover the scars on his face 
And always urged his men on 
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But on the eve of great battle with the infantry in dream 
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The old general tossed in his sleep a lesson with its meaning 
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He awoke from the night to tell what he had seen 
And walked slowly out his tent 
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All the men held tall with their chests in the air 
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With the courage in their blood and the fire in their stare 
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And it was a grey morning and they all wondered how they would fare 
Till the old general told them to go home 

He said... 
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I have seen the others and i have discovered 
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That this fight is not worth fighting 
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And i've seen their mothers and i will no other 
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To follow me where i'm going, so... 
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Take a shower and shine your shoes 
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You got no time to lose 
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You are young men you must be living 
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Go now you are forgiven 
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But the men stood fast with their guns on their shoulders 

Not knowing what to do with contradicting orders 

The general said he would do his own duty but extended it no further 

The men could go as they pleased 

But not a man moved their eyes gazed straight ahead 

Till one by one they stepped back and not a word was said 

The old general was left with his own words echoing in his head 

He then prepared to fight 
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Go now you are forgiven x10 
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