There are children standing here
Arms outstretched and to the sky
Tears drying on their face
He has been here
Brothers lie in shallow graves
Fathers lost without a trace
A nation blind to their disgrace
Since he's been here

And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
Only sadness

Houses burnt beyond repair
The smell of death is in the air
A woman weeping in despair says
He has been here
Tracer lighting up the sky
It's another family's turn to die
A child afraid to even cry out says
He has been here

And I see no bravery (no bravery)
No bravery (no bravery)
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And i see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness

There are children standing here
Arms outstretched and to the sky
But no one asks the question why
He has been here
Old men kneel to except their fate
Wives and daughters cut and raped
A generation drenched in hate says
he has been here

And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore

Anymore
Anymore
Anymore

And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
Only sadness



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"No Bravery" as written by James Hillier Blount, Sasha Scarbeck

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General Comment:this song is so beautiful. im in love. its just incredible.
    james has a great talent in expressing what he has witnessed in kosovo into an amazing song.
    for some reason he reminds me of jeff buckley.

    "There are children standing here,
    Arms outstretched into the sky,
    Tears drying on their face.
    He has been here......
    .......................
    Old men kneel and accept their fate.
    Wives and daughters cut and raped.
    A generation drenched in hate.
    Yes, he has been here."

    if that doesnt stir up emotions in you there is something wrong with you. the entire song is touching and heart-wrenching.
    jessicamarie579on September 12, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:first of all BlazeMe you're talking crap! yes the serbs did a lot of bad thing, but so did the albanians. i am not serbian but i lived there at the time and many serbs had to leave their homes in kosovo if they wanted to live. i'm not gonna say albanians did this, serbs did that, it was the brainwashed nationalists who created all that propaganda.

    no bravery is probably about after the war, when you were one of those people all brave, willing to die for your country, and you see all this shit that happend to your family and could have been done by someone like you, you feel ashamed
    bibaon February 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Last year I went to Poland and visited Auschwitz, and this song reminds me of that place and what took place there, it does reduce you to tears if you visit a place like that and then listen to this song. And listen people..... STOP INSULTING JAMES BLUNT ALL THE BLOODY TIME HE HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG IF YOU DON'T LIKE HIS MUSIC THAN DON'T WASTE YOUR BREATHE COMPLAINING ABOUT IT!!!! thank you!
    dido fanon February 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Myself, because I'm a geek, apply this to Harry Potter. 'He' being Voldemort, and it's like they're losing the War against the Death Eaters. But that's just me ;)
    iamaspriteon October 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:EVERY war has atrocities and horror, regardless of "who" is involved, whether it's a "justifiable" war, etc.. That's what James sings about. ie. war always involves 1) the presence of evil .. 2) good men standing idle when they could have instead {at risk to themselves} intervened .. 3) civilian carnage and terror.

    "Loose Tongue" proudly represents the useful idiots who point out the obvious basic criticisms of war, but lack a non-emotional (ie. logical) alternative. Being overly self-critical, holding hands and praying to your god, sticking the head in the sand, etc. won't cut it ... take that leap of faith with YOUR family, but the appeasement approach doesn't work when it comes to my loved ones! (ever deal with a schoolyard bully?)

    Milosevic was ethnic-cleansing, and the US got involved to help stop it (while most of Europe stood by). Saddam was/had been ethnic cleansing as well, not to mention shooting @ US jets enforcing 'no-fly' zones, and {at minimum} misleading the UN re: whether he had truly destroyed his KNOWN WMD programs AS REQUIRED by MULTIPLE UN MANDATES. So what is worse - - entering into war knowing it will produce casualties? ... or standing by until FORCED into it, which invariably leads to exponentially greater casualties? The former trumps the latter. WWII should have proved that to everyone but the willfully blind.

    Diplomacy is vital, and war always sucks because of the pain and death it causes... but every act of war is not universally "wrong" if it prevents greater pain in the long run. James' song unintentionally reinforces that argument.
    nosmaSon September 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:babykosova5 do some research.

    serbs also died because of the albanians.
    Nobodys inoccent.
    Clinton lied about the total deaths in kosovo.

    Go to:
    eagleforum.org/column/1999/nov99/…

    Not all serbs are assholes.
    Neither are albanians but the way your talking makes you look like an asshole.

    i read this from that website && i got really pissed of that Albanians even target grandmas && burn down churches were it is a sign of respect.

    "The NATO "peacekeeping" force in Kosovo is completely unable to restrain the Albanians who are beating and murdering the Serbs (even targeting grandmothers) and burning their homes and churches. More Serb civilians have been slaughtered in Kosovo than ethnic Albanians before the bombing began. "
    Iwanabarockstaron October 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:What do people write in here..I am shocked..How many of you is from Serbia? How many of you has ever come to Serbia and met Serbs? You should talk to the foreign people who did and read less what they say in the news, you know. As a Serbian girl I must say that I am offended by some things that people wrote in here.."Serbian gangs raped and murdered innocent people.." and stuff like that.. It was 1996 when I visited Kosovo last( my father is from there), and in 1999 my father's family had to leave their homes and they have lived there for centuries, their neighbors were Albanians but they functioned pretty well until people from all over the world started to mettle in smt that is not their concern. That is the truth. Not all Albanians are bad but definitely neither all Serbs are..For war you need two sides..So this song is, as all of you know, about James' impression of war in Kosovo..just an impresiion, not an attack to Milosevic or Blaire or any other politician, it is about war..and innocent people who turned into victims..so let us listen to this great song and think about how happy we are that the war is over and about all those poor people who lost their lives..that is all that matters.
    buvicaaaon January 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:Good lord, can you people keep your political views to yourself and stick to the spirit of the site - the song's actual meaning? Personally, the "He" is not so much the ravages of war itself, but war plus ethnic cleansing. It's said he was the first British officer to enter the capital of Kosovo. He had to have seen some pretty horrific things, and some of his life performances kinda show that as he closes the song. Every veteran winds up seeing some terrible things they'd rather not talk about, even if they're in the back lines on the artillary.
    alienn4hireon November 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I really think this song is about Voldemort.

    "Tracer lighting up the sky" = Dark Mark
    Come on people. He's killing Muggles. "Another family's turn to die"? The Potter family, among others.

    "He has been here." Voldemort leaving a trail of death and destruction in his search to destroy Harry Potter.

    James Blunt is an underground Death Eater.

    And that's what's up.
    plank37tonon December 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Incredible song - apparently written whilst James was serving in the British Army in Kosovo. Stunning observation on the futility of war and the devastating effects to all involved. The lyrics say it all.
    pondiemanon May 24, 2005   Link

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