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Written after watching a documentary called The Ground Truth.
From Wikipedia:
"The film addresses the issues many soldiers face upon their return from the War in Iraq, including problems with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and an inability to meld back into "normal" society. The film includes footage of soldiers in Iraq and personal interviews with about two dozen people directly affected by the war (either veterans or family members/friends of veterans). The veterans, both men and women, speak of their experiences before, during, and after the war. The veterans speak about recruitment and training, combat, their returns home, facing their families, and their difficulties in making the necessary changes needed to fit back into society."

Most of the lyrics were direct quotes from veteran testimonials in the movie. I urge you to watch this movie, I believe it's available via YouTube and Netflix. The toll of war is deep and far reaching. It affects all of us. If those who declare war were the same folks who had to be on the front lines fighting the war then there would be no war.

These are the quotes directly from the movie:
"Like I looked the guy in the eyes ya know? He probably has a kid or a family or a wife or something... somebody to go home to. He's not gonna go home tonight" - Rober Acosta, Specialist, U.S. Army

"It's just, it's just death, ya know, it's just death and it's uh, and it's survival and... and... and it's just not giving a shit, ya know?" - Sean Huze, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

"I'm now back with my wife. I get to be with them and I get to be a daddy again, I get to be a husband again. But I got all this stuff, and you don't... and for me I didn't feel like I can share that.... my wife's so proud of me so how can I tell her about seeing a bunch of civilians that are dead? How can I tell her about the dead kid I saw lying on the side of the road?.... then I go from being a hero to a monster, and I felt like a monster" - Sean Huze, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

"My friends and my family were scared to even be with me.... I was a mess when I came back" - Chad Reiber, U.S. Army Ranger

"I have my days... ya know, like I.... there's times where I'm glad I'm alive, I'm glad I made it and then there's times I wish it would have killed me because it's hard... not only just the fact that I lost my hand and I have to deal with that every single morning when I wake up but I can't run and there's things I just can't do." - Robert Acosta, Specialist, U.S. Army
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Lyrics
AT TIMES
Like I looked the guy in the eyes ya know
He probably has a kid or a family or a wife
or something...
somebody to go home to
he's not gonna go home tonight
he's not gonna go home tonight no

It's just
It's just death
Ya know
It's just death
and it's just survival
and and and
it's just not giving a shit
ya know
it's just death

I get to be daddy again
I get to be a husband again
but I got all this stuff
and I don't think I can share that

you see my wife's so proud of me
how could I tell her
how could I tell her

It's not just death
It's civilians who are dead
women and children who are dead
It's not just death
It's also pointless without reason
I am a hero
I am a monster
and I felt just like a monster

I don't want to scare you
don't want to scare my friends and family
I am a mess
I am a monster

but I have my days
at times
I'm glad I'm still alive
at times
I wish it would have killed me
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Uploaded: Jun 28, 2012 - 02:08:51 AM
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2019 - 09:40:20 PM Last Played: Jun 17, 2019 - 10:53:40 AM
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Comments
aclarke said 2581 days ago (June 28th, 2012)
It's not just that
Ray- you've provided us with some dark, thought provoking lyrics in a nice, tightly produced package. I always try to listen to your music with headphones to capture as much of the detail in production as possible. As always the vocals are crisp and well delivered and guitar solo was interesting and tastefully done. (You are still a tone monsters... what did you use?)

I like the song a lot.
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alackbass said 2580 days ago (June 28th, 2012)
AT TIMES
Excellent song! Great production. Powerful subject! I think you should post the lyrics
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Fire_Angel said 2580 days ago (June 28th, 2012)
Sadness and madness rolled into one.
It seems to be rock and roll night here tonight, lots of quality rock and this is part of it. Thoughtful lyrics and pristine guitar work built onto a great tune.
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Vic Holman said 2580 days ago (June 28th, 2012)
at times
deep lyrics that reflect the tragedies of war that tends to get swept under the rug.

the music supports the lyrics/vocals perfectly
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abzwork said 2580 days ago (June 29th, 2012)
At Times...
This chord progression is like a spiral staircase..lyrics that matter, vocalz dance
the dance with the guitar melodies...crafty arrangement is perfect...the ending time shift
is marvelous..stars?..all of 'em my friend..:):):)peace
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Ibstrat said 2578 days ago (June 30th, 2012)
Everything
about this is great. You do some really interesting things with chords,time,lyrics, but it's not forced, very soulful.Great guitar work, I wish that solo at the end was about 5 minutes longer!
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Parichayaka said 2578 days ago (June 30th, 2012)
wow
You're not only an excellent guitar player I see. To create a song like that by yourself is quite a feat. Solid songwriting, good vocal performance and a well-done (complex) overall mix. Tough subject, and a worthy song to make you think about it.
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Carrie71 said 2577 days ago (July 1st, 2012)
@ times...
Wow...very sad. You did a great job with this. Love the inspiration source. Kudos!
damiengh said 1617 days ago (February 16th, 2015)
Powerfull
Always enjoyed your music.

As to the topic, these organizations do a good job for vet support:
http://vfp93.org
And
Votevets.org


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