Fixing America In 500 Words Or Less


Chapter 12

WRITING ON THE WALL
[ co-written by Daniel Muhammad ]
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                   Back in '68, in a land divided by hate
                   Some picked up a sign, some a gun in answer to the call
                   Headed off to war, what for, no one was really sure
                   No one could see the writing on the wall

                   Me and brother Abel, sittin’ at the table
                   Eatin’ peas an' cornbread and Mom’s warm apple pie
                   The day she got the word, word she’d long since feared
                   A note that said we’re sorry, you’re true love had to die
                   And all that’s left of Daddy is a name on some memorial
                   Can’t we see the writing on the wall?

                   Seems again of late in a land divided by hate
                   Some pick up a sign, some a gun in answer to the call
                   Headed off to war, what for, no one is really sure
                   Seems like no one sees the writing on the wall

                   Yeah, we’re sittin’ at the table minus brother Abel
                   Eatin’ peas an' cornbread and Mom’s warm apple pie
                   Last week she got the word, word she’d long since feared
                   A note that said we’re sorry, your firstborn had to die
                   All that’s left of Abel will be a name on some memorial
                   Can’t we see the writing on the wall?

                   Will we be sittin’ at the table without the son of Abel
                   Eatin’ peas an' cornbread and Mom’s warm apple pie?
                   When she gets the word, word she’s long since feared. . .
                   Will we ever see the writing on the wall? *


* Dedicated to  Vietnam War veteran and peace activist Ron Kovic, Vietnam War veteran and former state senator Max Cleland and to Diana VandeGeer, mother of the last soldier whose name is listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall; for Families of Soldiers Against War, Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace; inspired by Daniel Chapter 5.




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