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I was born in my old granddad’s brigade
Baptized by a bullet and branded with hate

Taught to shoot first and kill not out of fear
I kill for my freedom my life and my heir

I don’t want this fight
If I don’t shoot first another man might
To earn my pay another’s life must end
Is this salvation or a sin?

My voice idles wild, my violence screams in tongues
I pray for the will to accept what I’ve become

Like the grenadier before me whose blood bombs my eyes
Oblivion now blind to those of my kind

I don’t want this life
After all I gave and all I sacrificed
When I die, if I die at all
Will I rise or will I fall

The southern seas bring solace, through highland fields we walk
Beaming with desire to fire and make our mark

Home is now unknown, for I’ve blazed blurry paths
Taking lives throughout my tour tearing at my tracks

I don’t want this war
They say it’s peace we’re fighting for
To earn my stripes another man must die
How did god give me this right?

My fate is angry if I disobey these, 
but angry if I slaughter 
this child, the beauty of my house, 
with maiden blood shed staining 
these father's hands beside the altar. 
What of these things goes now without disaster? 
How shall I fail my ships 
and lose my faith of battle? 
For them to urge such sacrifice of innocent blood 
angrily, for their wrath is great--it is right. May all be well yet.

But when necessity's yoke was put upon him 
he changed, and from the heart the breath came bitter 
and sacrilegious, utterly infidel, 
to warp a will now to be stopped at nothing. 
The sickening in men's minds, the sickening in men's minds, the sickening in men's minds, tough, 
reckless in fresh cruelty brings daring. He endured then 
to sacrifice his daughter 
to stay the strength of war waged for a woman, 
first offering for the ships' sake.

A power beyond my self controls my gun and steed
I follow this dark knight hoping to be freed

My father told his father, his father said to him
Son be a man, we don’t speak of what we did

Why am I still alive?
For all I’ve done I should die
There’s no time to put my mind at ease
We’re fighting a war at peace
We're fighting a war at peace
We're fighting a war at peace


from The Wondrous Folly of Vaughn Frogg, released March 5, 2013
Edward Herda: Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals
Max Allyn: Bass, Percussion, Saw
Aeschylus: Prose


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Edward Herda is a writer and storyteller who has worn many hats within a variety of creative fields his entire life: Stand- up comedian, creative director and musician. The music he writes is just part of his overall vision for living a life filled with original thoughts. ... more

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