"Daddy Was a Soldier"

 

Daddy was a soldier.
Wasn't 'round a lot when we were small,
Didn't pay me too much mind as I recall,
But I loved him just the same.
I love the watch him talk as he shined his boots,
Loved the gifts from overseas and the proud salutes
When they called his name.
And his sword from his days in the Calvary -
I dreamed about the day he'd pass it down to me.

He stood for something,
As he always reminded me,
There's nothing like honor and responsibility,
Living for the code,
Fighting for what you're owed.

When I got a little older
I enlisted - But Daddy didn't seem
Too enthused; it really was his dream
To see my brother take his place.
I ain't gonna lie, it was really hard
Waking up at dawn, and every year you're gone
To another random base.
But I didn't mind, I just wanted to be
Part of something bigger than me.

I stood for something.
And even if you don't agree
There's nothing like honor and responsibility,
Living for the code,
Fighting for what you're owed.

When I got back from my first tour
They gave me a bronze star.
Daddy was there - Daddy, can you see
How far I've come,
How much I've sacrificed
Just so you'll notice me?

Daddy was a soldier.
I was in Qatar when I heard the news -
We buried him in the old dress blues
He had perfectly preserved.
My brother was there with his pretty wife
Rummaging through Daddy's life
Like there was something he deserved.
And after all the sweating, the hazing, the lonely years,
Every bullshit oath and award,
Daddy left my brother his sword.

I stand for something.
And even if you don't agree
There's nothing like honor and responsibility,
Living for the code,
Fighting for what you're owed.

© 2018 by NATALIE LOVEJOY

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