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Generations. This one came out of a conversation I had some years ago with a war veteran in his late 80’s. Over a couple of beers I found out he’d been a WWII commando and seen some pretty fierce action. What struck me though was how peaceful he seemed to be. He actually said that line, “I’m not afraid of dying and perhaps it’s time to go”.

This is one Steve and I play live every time we perform but we’ve never got around to doing a proper recording of it so we just set up a single mic. and played it live with guitar and mandolin the way we do in pubs, warts and all. Hope you like it in the raw!

Last year someone filmed us performing this under our other name of “Wherelse” and stuck it up on you tube at:
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I’m not afraid of Dying
And perhaps it’s time to go
For the world that I am living in
Is not the one I used to know

And when I look around me
At the generation my children bred
I wonder what their fighting for
And what goes on inside their heads

As a young man in my twenties
I saw things young men shouldn’t see
Widows crying, comrades dying
Famine and disease

But somehow I got through it
Got to get on with my life
Provided for my family
Provided for my wife

Back then we feared Big brother
But we always loved the sun
Now the situation is in reverse
And I wonder what they’ve done

Like my friends around me
All our fathers have died
We’re the older generation
And the road got a lot less wide

So please don’t think I’m complaining
Because I have loved my life
I have always loved my country
And I’ve dearly loved my wife
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Uploaded: Apr 24, 2010 - 09:09:29 AM
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Symphony101 said 3464 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Many good things
in this song. I love the lyrics and the thema you described. It's also great performance.
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michaeljayklein said 3464 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Wonderful song...
and superbly performed by you and Steve. This is a song all of us should listen to. As always, another excellent track--thanks so much for sharing your talent and creativity guys. Michael
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dave_b said 3464 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Great line to open up the song. Simple guitar/mando arrangement suits the song. Vocals are sounding good. A formerly unsung hero is now sung!
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Reinholt56 said 3463 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
I enjoyed this version and the U-Tube version too, although the crowd could have been more polite.

It's great to hear the mandolin again. I've been listening to Vivaldi recently (mandolin concertos) and this is a pleasant change to hear.

Take care.


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MarkHolbrook said 3463 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Sorry my friend
being committed to a therapy chair and one handed it takes me a while to comment on tunes. I listened yesterday and enjoyed this lots! Nice work man!
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scofugate said 3463 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Amazing Performance
What great talent here. Love the flow of this
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ted23 said 3462 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
the story behind the song. It made listening a warmer experience. In my head i like to think the old man got to see you play this. I'm sure he'd have enjoyed it as much or even more than me.
I found it a sentimental piece and the fact it was just the 2 of you raw somehow enhanced my connection with the music.
Nice one
Bob6stringer said 3462 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
The textbook on lyric-writing.
Well played and sung. The shining star here? Your lyrics, which give us a clear (and of course, real) setting in the first verse that doesn't quit. What great lyrics. What works most for me in they make for a coherent story whether read as prose, poetry or sung. There are too many great turns of phrase to point to just one.
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Dadai.2 said 3462 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
I like songs...
that come out of real life... and this one has weight and presence along with real enjoyable playing and singing.

You guys are good. Thanks for sharing this one.

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Jarvoid said 3462 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Quite poignant
Mark and the only thing I would add is that it is not just these really old guys that have seen changes ,and not for the better !! Or am I just a grumpy old man now ? Tho' not ready to shuffle off just yet, but get the sentiment.
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hackneybloke said 3461 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
hey you guys...great track...and a really solid and clear recording. love the (is it mandolin?) instrumental. love the way you get to the end of the line and then shout 'yeah'....really catchy. the guffaw at the end is priceless...excellent.
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lengold said 3460 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
song and great performance. Really enjoyed the video too.

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Gaylen75 said 3460 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Generation Next
I spent much of my childhood in a resthome my grandfather owned and learned hard lessons early. I feel bad for the coming generations and what they will have missed for not hearing the voices of wisdom. Great song, in the raw.
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alackbass said 3458 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Sorry I'm Late
Nice portrait of the greatest generation. Great lyrics. I'm always impressed when songwriters present their compositions with sparse arrangements. Love the mandolin.
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bud said 3458 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Real nice tune
Great performance.
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Moviz said 3455 days ago (May 3rd, 2010)
nothing like getting older for sharpening one's a sense of mortality as i've come to know, but I don't want to go yet...not afraid, but I just don't want it to hurt when I do go LOL. Nice sound with the Mandolin and all and good lyrics, regards M
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Yordbear said 3438 days ago (May 20th, 2010)
you know what guys..you two have something special! what another great song..this is a beautiful imaged piece and well played. hats off to you guys!# *Y*
Doug Somers said 3410 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
The lyrics speak volumes. Lovely song lads. Cheers,
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neilh79 said 3213 days ago (December 31st, 2010)
nice tune and a good watch on youtube!!
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