Once again I wake up alone on the wrong side of the bed
And once again you begin your dancing nakedly on the right side of my head
It’s for a lack of better words that I can hardly speak my soul
And I’m feeling what I’m feeling when I’m feeling
When it’s time to lose control, my love

And once again we’re off to war
But I can’t agree with what we’re fighting for
And that’s not all, because every time she smiles
I see her soul, and I smile
What a wonderful life

It’s true I used to try, but then I gave up
I learned it doesn’t really matter
What I do ain’t enough to appease or to please
All my well meaning deeds seem to all go up in smoke
And every time I look into these smoke filled skies
I wonder what she’s doing, why I volunteered to die
But tonight I will fight for my life
So I might see my wife again

I explained to her that I’d be back
And I gave my word that the fighting wouldn’t last
But despite my pact, I know
That every breath I draw might be my last
And I smile: It’s been a wonderful life

God damn, another summer in the city
And I never seen a girl look so pretty as you when you smile
Oh, you’re wild for a while
I was hoping I might see you again
And I know that everyone is willing to go
And I find I’ll turn it all and leave on a dime
If I leave tonight (screw what’s right)
I can make it home by dawn

And I was told “Boy, prepare for war,”
But they failed to mention what I’d be fighting for
So I fight for this: the fact that as I pass away
I’ll feel her kiss, and I’ll smile: what a wonderful life
Me oh my, what a wonderful life
Oh to die for such a wonderful life


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    General Commentthis is a great song...its almost half sad, half happy... its sad in the way he's at war and all the points that everyone has said...but its also happy for how through all this bad, if he died he'd still consider it a wonderful life because of his love.

    either way its a great great song...one of my favorite songs ever.
    freddyon May 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is my happy song ^_^
    ZeekTheCaton June 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwow, this song is amazing...it makes me think of my friends and relatives in the military who are either in the middle east right now or will be soon. kinda sad, but its amazing how he really makes the best of his situation. quite a gift to always be able to look on the bright side of things.
    tomscahillIVon December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI just love the feel of this song. I mean, obviously the words, too, but, its so good. I love the progression throughout the song regarding what he's fighting for: "They failed to mention what...", to "I can't agree with what...", to "So I fight for this..." I am in love with this song...
    Jimmifrisbeeon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti really cant agree with you that this song is about looking on the bright side of things. if anything i think its about great regret about committing to something he wanted nothing to do with. especially when he has something so imporant back home. i think this is a song about how war not only destroys the big things, like momuments and housing...but also how it destroys love.
    ska manifestoon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentincridible song!! makes me feel so great... Makes me think about summer and all those cool days worth livin
    bob3lbon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentnice spelling ;)
    bob3lbon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWar destroys everything. Kalnoky, I can see, is strongly against war. Not only the fighting, but the idea that the military is the biggest form of conformity. Everybody is in uniform and no one is seperate from anyone else. No one is unique. He hates to leave everything he has that makes him the way he is to go fight for something he knows absolutely nothing about and turn into just another meat-shield for his seemingly useless fucking country. This, my friend, is not a happy song. On the contrary, it's quite a sad song. All he wants is to be home with his one and only love, his wife. For some reason, in this free country of ours, he can't do that.
    Cireon March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe EP is back up for sale at:

    theriscstore.com/…
    THOR9595on March 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment@THOR9595: I just got the new EP. I'll tell yah, It's a lot easier to take care of then my original Bandits Case.
    Logan Soreseon July 03, 2006   Link

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