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"This Ain't the Country I Had in Mind"

Twenty

by ROBERT CRAY

"The song is about an innocent young guy, who, after the events of 9/11, wants to do his part for his country. He doesn’t know he’s going to end up in Iraq, watching the horror that’s going on thereand he ends up losing his life. It’s a subject that needs to be spoken about and is in some ways, a continuation of one of the songs we did on the last album." RC

When you’re used up, where do you go Soldier
Mother dry your eyes, there’s no need to cry
I’m not a boy, it’s what I signed up for

When you’re used up, where do you go Soldier
I can’t take the heat, and I hardly sleep anymore
What’d we come here for

Standing out here in the desert
Trying to protect an oil line
I’d really like to do my job but
This ain’t the country that I had in mind
They call this a war on terror
I see a lot of civilians dying
Mothers, sons, fathers and daughters
Not to mention some friends of mine
Some friends of mine

Was supposed to leave last week
Promises they don’t keep anymore
Got to fight the rich man’s war

When you’re used up, where do you go Soldier
Late in 2004
Comes a knock at the door
It’s no surprise
Mother dry your eyes

© 2005 ROBERT CRAY Music, Inc (BMI)

"Twenty" is the title cut from the ROBERT CRAY Band’s new album. The song is available on streaming audio at TrueMajority.org