The hero

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    Many former and current soldiers can probably identify with the message this song conveys. Its not pro-war, its not anti-war. Its simply about the internal struggle a warrior must face.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXrdoL_-e1s[/ame]


    The blade I swing
    Is black as night
    Black as my soulless heart
    It bears the burden
    Of many lives
    But I don't feel remorse

    I lent my sword
    To anyone
    Willing to pay the price
    No regrets for
    What I've done
    A mercenary's life

    But there i was
    On battleground
    Until I felt the jaws of death
    Cut into my flesh
    Defending old and weak
    But I did not retreat

    Now, here I lie
    In my own blood
    And strangers cry for me
    I'm prepared to meet the gods
    I wish they'd let me be

    I don't deserve
    Their sympathy
    I know who I am
    My soul is death and misery
    I am an evil man

    I rest in my blood
    Soon I will face the gods
    Strangers cry for me
    I wish they'd let me be

    Show no sympathy
    Shed no tears for me
    I know who I am
    I am an evil man

    I know who I am
    I am an evil man
     
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    I have often tried to put myself in their shoes, but I know the only way to do that, is to actually put my life on the line as they have done.

    I salute all of those who served for the sake of Freedom. In that service, there is much sacrifice.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWxfaa65a_Q[/ame]
     
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    I could put my head through the windshield of a car while listening to this song :lol:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBp1AlRgPIk"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBp1AlRgPIk[/ame]
     
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    I've seen them twice. Great show. I always felt they were better live than in studio
     
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    Yeah, probably not.
     
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    Dont be intentionally dense. The man in the song is full of self loathing for what he's done, doesnt feel that he is worthy of sympathy. He's called a hero, but doesnt feel like one. Its a song about a tormented soul.
     
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    I don't know any soldiers like that. Do you?
     
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    I knew that this thread was going to attract at least one person of your ilk. You are on the hunt for someone who disagrees with your narrow mindset, trying to goad me into admitting that I think soldiers are evil men.

    I do not believe that. Nor do I believe that soldiers are beyond reproach.

    A soldier does not lose his humanity simply by virtue of his "soldierhood". They are not superhuman comic book heroes who never question themselves, because their fight is unquestionably justified. This song is not an accusation towards all fighting men, its a story of a man who has killed so many, he feels convinced he must be evil, and is appalled at the sympathy he receives whilst he lie dying, sympathy he feels he does not deserve.

    Yes, I do know a former soldier and when I shared this song with him, the meaning of it was not lost on him. I told him that I wont pretend to understand what he has went through, but I thought the lyrics might have a special meaning to him. And they did. He did not take offense, but was incredibly appreciative of someone who at least attempts to understand the horrors of war, the nightmarish existence he experienced and still struggles with to this day. No corny lyrics about noble sacrifices and the good ol' stars n' stripes, but a brutal tale of a man who is consumed by inner demons.
     
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