Battle Hymn For The Republic

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lyrics

Night down and one year older
Ceasefire for all the soldiers
Smoke-stung and lazy-eyed,
They face civilian life

We’ve pulled the pin on this war
We’ve fought the fight we came here for
In pairs at every door,
We will uphold the law

Run cables through the debris, best
To keep us linked in loneliness
We’ll run transmitter tests
We’ll beat this wilderness

The distant thrum of humvees
An angry sound like killer bees
The smell of antifreeze
And you, caught up in me

I held you like a token,
The lines of contact broken
Dogtags and firearms
The trenches in your palms

I held your eyes for too long
Crack-crackle burned the ozone
I’ve lightning in my mouth
And my radio is out
No word, no flares, no shouts
Tonight we’re pulling out.

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from Wilderness End, released October 30, 2015

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Bearpark London, UK

Bearpark is the solo moniker of Nicholas Hirst, a London-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. He has spent most of the last few years playing with London band Revere and Scottish-born singer-songwriter Kat Flint (to whom he is also married). He was born in Essex and grew up between Colchester and Detroit, and now lives in Brixton, London. ... more

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