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Veteran's Lement
WRITTEN AND SUBMITTED BY JUSTIN ZIMMERMAN
Veterans Lament
Tune from “Close to the Edge”
Original Words: Pat Peterson Music: Tony Krogh

The Crossings
Dochas (Hope)

I did it for my country,
And for my family
I held my ground against the crown
For Midnight Keep to be
And I know the cost of freedom,
I’ve paid the price of war!
I’ve fought and bled left others dead
To even out the score!

Memories and history
Charge through me like a flood
Struggles lost and won
Were all meted out with blood
I’ve stood upon the shoulders
Of Silathas bold and fierce
Living life in the troubles
As they lived their life in theirs

My heart is still a harbor
Of the wilderness of war
There’s safety in the shadows
Of how I lived before
I never questioned orders
Or asked the reasons why
I justified the truth I made
I would fight or I would die

Peace now in the realms is news
And I think that time will show
There’s more to peace that matters
When you’re living in a hole
Where dreams they come, the nightmares
Of glory and of shame
Of cause and means and comrades
Devoured by the flame

Thoughts they struggle round me
Surrounded by the storm
Of those who’ve gone before me
And those who’ll carry on
It was all so clear for moments
Before the rain set in
A drowning man a patriot
Is it honor or is it sin?

My heart is still a harbor
Of the wilderness of war
There’s safety in the shadows
Of how I lived before
I never questioned orders
Or asked the reasons why
I justified the truth I made
I would fight or I would die