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Childhood's End

  • Words & music Dick Gaughan

    We laid the last soldier to rest today
    A lingering relic of the older way
    There were no muffled rolls of drums
    No flags did wave in the breeze that was not blowing
    On the spot where he was laid we lit a flame
    To burn forever more until the end of time
    To all the other soldiers known and unnamed
    No gun salute was fired, no last post playing

    Childhood's end was long in coming
    But come it must for all our fear
    For all our vanity, for all our stumbling
    Childhood's end is drawing near

    And a silent prayer was said by those
    Who have something to pray to
    While the rest of us joined hands and softly sang
    And asked forgiveness from the dead
    For millennia of killing
    For we knew now where the blame lay

    On the spot where he was laid we lit a flame
    To burn forever more until the end of time
    To all the other soldiers known and unnamed
    No gun salute was fired, no last post playing

    Childhood's end was long in coming
    But come it must for all our fear
    For all our vanity, for all our stumbling
    Childhood's end is drawing near

 

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