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White Rose Lyrics

by Fred Eaglesmith

Well the whole town came out to watch
The day they paved the parking lot
Somebody hung a ribbon up
And then they cut it down
And that big White Rose up on that sign
Was innocence in all our lives
And you could see it's neon lights
Half a mile out
Gas was fifty cents a gallon
And they put it in for you
And they pumped your tires and checked your oil
And washed your windows too
And we'd shine those cars as bright as bright
And we'd go park underneath that light
And stare out at the prairie sky
There was nothing else to do
But now there's plywood for glass
Where the windows all got smashed
And there's just a chunk of concrete
Where those old pumps used to stand
There's a couple of cars half out of the ground
And that old sign still spins 'round and 'round
But I guess the White Rose filling station's just a memory now
And the girls would spend a couple of bucks
Just to meet the boys working at the pumps
They'd grow up and fall in love
And they all moved away
Strangers used to stop and ask
How far they'd driven off the map
But then they built that overpass
And now they stay out on the highway
And now there's plywood for glass
Where the windows all got smashed
And there's just a chunk of concrete
Where those old pumps used to stand
There's a couple of cars half out of the ground
And that old sign still spins 'round and 'round
But I guess the White Rose filling station's just a memory now
And that neon sign was the heart and soul of this old one-horse town
And it's like it lost it's will to live
The day they shut it down
And now there's plywood for glass
Where the windows all got smashed
And there's just a chunk of concrete
Where those old pumps used to stand
There's a couple of cars half out of the ground
And that old sign still spins 'round and 'round
But I guess the White Rose filling station's just a memory now
I guess the White Rose filling station's just a memory now




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Paul Hardcastle
In 1965 Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war but it wasn't
It was different in many ways, as so were tose that did the fighting
In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26
In Vietnam he was 19
In-in-in Vietnam he was 19

The shooting and fighting of the past two weeks continued today
25 miles west of Saigon
I really wasn't sure what was going on

Ni-ni-ni 19, 19, ni-19 19
19, 19, 19, 19

In Vietnam the combat soldier typically served
A twelve month tour of duty
But was exposed to hostile fire almost everyday
Ni-ni-ni 19, Ni-ni-ni 19

Hundreds of thousands of men who saw heavy combat
In Vietnam were arrested since discharge
Their arrest rate is almost twice that of non-veterans of the same age
There are no accurate figures of how many of these men
Have been incarcerated

But a Veterans Administration study
Concludes that the greater of vets
Exposure to combat could more likely affect his chances
Of being arrested or convicted

This is one legacy of the Vietnam War

All those who remember the war
They won't forget what they've seen
Destruction of men in their prime
Whose average was 19

De-de-destruction
De-de-destruction
War, war

De-de-destruction, wa, wa, war, wa, war, war
De-de-destruction
War, war

After World War II the men came home together on troop ships
But the Vietnam vet often arrived home within 48 hours of jungle combat
Perhaps the most dramatic difference between
World War II and Vietnam was coming home
None of them received a hero's welcome

None of them received a heroes welcome, none of them, none of them
Ne-ne-ne, ne-ne-ne, none of them, none of them, none of them
None of them received a hero's welcome
None of them received a hero's welcome

According to a Veteran's Administration study
Half of the Vietnam combat veterans suffered from what
Psychiatrists call
Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder

Many vets complain of alienation, rage or guilt
Some succumb to suicidal thoughts
Eight to ten years after coming home
Almost eight hundred thousand men are still fighting the Vietnam War

De-de-destruction
Ni-ni-ni 19, 19, ni19 19
19, 19, 19, 19
Ni-ni-ni 19, 19, ni-19 19
19, 19, 19, 19

When we came back it was different, everybody wants to know
"How'd it happened to those guys over there?
There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
We did what we had to do

There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
People wanted us to be ashamed of what it made us
Dad had no idea what he went to fight and he is now
All we want to do is come home

All we want to do is come home
What did we do it for?
All we want to do is come home
Was it worth it
Cristina Vee
I've done everything I canAll the people that I see I will never understandIf I find a way to change, if I step into the lightThen I'll never be the same, and it all will fade to whiteEver on and on I continue circlingWith nothing but my hate in a carousel of agony
Cristina Vee
I've done everything I canAll the people that I see I will never understandIf I find a way to change, if I step into the lightThen I'll never be the same, and it all will fade to whiteEver on and on I continue circlingWith nothing but my hate in a carousel of agony
White Lies
rin
One Direction
She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones
It seems to me that when I die these words will be written on my stone
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