Tuesday, November 11, 2008

And Jesus Wept by Reg Meuross

The moon is slowly sinking
The final moon I'll see

My head is tired of thinking
There's just the rosary
An empty place at table
And my mother's eyes are wet

The hand of God came down last night

And Jesus wept
If I'd been a Captain

They would have sent me home

But I am just a Private

Condemned to die alone

The firing squad's been drinking
It's a dawn they won't forget

The hand of God came down last night

And Jesus wept
Sound the drum for their young precious years
But no glory will shine
On my poor mother's tears
A soldier's good for fighting
That's what my father said
And if a man's not fighting
He might as well be dead
Shame has drawn the curtains
And the neighbours won't forget

The hand of God came down last night
And Jesus wept
I got the shakes on Tuesday
I cannot go I said

They sent me down on Wednesday

By Thursday I was dead
I fought for King and Country

Two years without regret

The hand of God came down last night
And Jesus wept
We all fall in the cause of the free
When the sun sets on England
Will you think of me?
In unmarked graves in Flanders
Lie 300 boys and men
Killed, un-loved and frightened
By those they thought were friends
The nation's guilty secret is this generation's debt
The hand of God came down last night
And Jesus wept
The hand of God came down last night

And Jesus wept"
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Whether Jesus wept or not is irrelevant, plenty other people wept.

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