05. Veteran’s Day

May 3, 2015
Dad Gindling

I had just returned from a great trip to Oaxaca, Mexico for the Day of the Dead celebration. I sat down and started writing a song about how hard it was returning home. Before I knew it, the song had transformed into an account of a soldier having a difficult time adapting to life after war. I always date my songs as to when I start them. When I saw that it was November 11th, I named this song “Veteran’s Day.”

I’ve been away from you too long

Thought I’d be so strong

Don’t remember where all I have been

But I know I have sinned

I just know I can’t go home

I just know I can’t go home

Babe, don’t beg over the phone

I just know I can’t go home

I can’t come home

You don’t know what I’ve seen

All those nightmares in my dreams

Still got that damn war raging in my ears

Behind my eyes a flood of tears

I just know I can’t go home

I just know I can’t go home

Honey, don’t cry into the phone

I just know I can’t go home

I can’t come home

 

I’ve been tryin’ to tell you what I’m going through

How I barely make it through the day

I don’t sleep, I don’t eat at all

And I don’t feel at all

That’s what keeps me away

 

I went to the VA like you said

Felt like one of the walking dead

They gave me some pills, sent me on my way

Don’t think I’m gonna have a “nice day”

 

I just know I can’t go home

I just know I can’t go home

Don’t put the kids onto the phone

I just know I can’t go home

Daddy can’t come home

So I’ll stay holed up with myself

Try to find comfort in my hell

Believe I still own a beating heart

Hope I don’t go tearing it apart

I just know I can’t go home

I just know I can’t go home

Darling I’ve done thrown away the phone

I just know I can’t go home

I can’t come home

 

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