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White Lip Widows

Out of white lips a soldier answers “Thank you for the medal
Wish that I could win another but I’ve nothing left to live for”

Out of white lips a soldier answers “Thank you for my freedom
Wish that I could take my brothers, soon enough I’ll see them”

“Out of white lips the air will sweep
Round the earth and bury me
And all this war for what it’s worth will
Carry me home alone”

Out of white lips a soldier answers “Thank you for the flag
Wish that I could see it folded, hold it in my hands”

Out of white lips a soldier answers “Thank you for my children
Hopefully my blood replaces love that I could give them”

“Out of white lips the air will sweep
Round the earth and bury me
And all this war for what it’s worth will
Carry me home alone”

Into white lips the devil inserts the oldest of his gifts
Promises of honor with a patriotic kiss

Into white lips the devil inserts just another lie
Honoring the servant when the servant has to die

Out of white lips the air in gusts
Will bury us
Through all our wars in all their lack of justice

We prepare our homes alone