How My Father Won the War

from by Marcus Eugene

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How My Father Won the War

Well, let me tell you a story about how my father won the war.
He held a gun upon his shoulder and wondered what he's fighting for.
He told me throwing down his gloves,
"Do what you can to build it slow
cause once it's done you'll stand and turn to walk away and realize there's nowhere else to go.
You'll realize there's nowhere else to go."

He watched them die, there were so many--the boys who fought by his side.
And though he can't remember their names he can still recall all their lives.
I think I know what made him better--
made him the one to win the war.
Though they had all taken so many steps he was always sure to take one more.
He was always sure to take one more.

And as the bullets flew with a screamin' he held on to what he was dreamin'.

So now he wakes up every morning next to my mother in their bed.
He's got a lot to think of, but he always thinks of her instead.
He told me thinking of her scent,
"I'm always sure to hold her close
'cause once I get up and ready for the day I realize there's nowhere else to go.
I realize there's nowhere else to go."

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from With Tongue & Teeth, released September 19, 2014

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Marcus Eugene Boise, Idaho

Born a bold jumping spider, Marcus Eugene devoured his mother for the sake of life with a lute. However, the jury ruled it not an act of love for music, but of hatred for mothers--and sentenced him to be smushed between two Boise city buses. So, Marcus stole threads of Folk, Country, Blues, and Rock, spun a sleeping bag, and skipped town. Please contact local authorities if you've seen him. ... more

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