Roofs of Foreign Men

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Penned sometime around 9/11 the song foreshadows the mad dash to war by young men wanting to set a wrong to right and in doing so to create a greater wrong.

lyrics

Hoo hoohoo hoo...
I watched the news now for days on end
And still those buildings wouldn't stand,
Went lookin' for you in your bed this mornin' boy
But you'd run off to meet with the recruitment man...
I switched off and fixed us both a tea,
Polished off your christening cup-
Listened to the magpies in the neighbour's trees
And pretended nothin' was up...
Oh my son I fear the wheel has moved again
Another buckled half a turn
This one wasn't of anyone's makin' boy
There'll be nothin' out of this to learn...

But there's a thing I must sign in blood
Cos I aint got no pen,
Beware the moon still shines down
On the roofs of foreign men... hoo hoo hoo...

I wanted to keep you safe here with me
And teach you all the things I knew,
You boy were all I had left
I guess fightin's what some men must do...
I guess by now you're at Reveille
In brand new boots and dungarees,
They might just make a man of you
Where they never could with me...

I watched the news now for days on end
For any semblance of the truth
Waitin' to see you come rollin' by-
And you there holdin' up the proof,
With you there holdin' up the proof...

But there's a thing I must sign in blood
While my heart is still open,
Beware the moon still shines down
On the roofs of foreign men...

Yeah there's one thing I must sign in blood boy
Cos I aint got no pen...
Beware the moon still shines down-
On the roofs of foreign men...
Hoo hoo hoo...

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from Gave It Up for Religion, released June 13, 2017
All instruments and vocals Gas Wylde.

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Gas & the General Sydney, Australia

Excerpt from music blog review of GWB's ‘Last Man Out’ from the most recent altcountryforum in the Netherlands.

"The great strength of the Gas Wylde Band’s "Last Man Out" is the fact that the politically critical words are supported by patiently crafted musical compositions. A brilliant album from a promising band based on Australian soil. Finger-licking good.”

Johan Schoenmakers
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