Your invasion was a crime
Your righteous explanations... lies
Kicking in our doors, raids at night
Won't win our hearts, you've lost your minds

The killing of my family
Did not make a fan out of me
If this is what your freedom reaps
Keep it for your United States

I'd tell you all these things but I can't speak because...

I'm dead, I'm dead
My life is life no more
I'm dead, I'm dead
Your bullets cut into my flesh

I loved to read, write poetry
I loved my friends, my family
I loved the sand, I loved the sea
The water splashing over me

Now I will haunt you in your dreams
Never another restful sleep
I'll be forever by your side
In life your victim, death your bride

My memory will haunt you when awake or asleep because...

I'm dead, I'm dead
My life is life no more
I'm dead, I'm dead
Your bullets cut into my flesh

Your cluster bombs ripped me to shreds

Lyrics submitted by punkpirate

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    General CommentThis is definintly thee most powerful song on the album, if there were any an Anti-Flag song that brought a tear to my eye it's this one. The part "I loved the sand I loved the sea; the water splashing over me" just finishes me right there.
    Topher1178on October 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe most powerful song, lyrically, from my point of view is "I’d Tell You But…," which is about all the things a victim of collateral damage would like to tell the dropper of the bomb that killed them. It’s an interesting perspective regardless of your politics, and it’s part of what makes For Blood and Empire so powerful.
    Shawnk00on March 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song. takes the perspective of the war torn people. and the lose cannon that is the bush addminstraion
    Touch the Flowon April 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. Beat reminds a little of "Right to Choose"
    some1_named_no_1on April 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd tell you but...... im dead

    Vindoon May 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinatly someone who died in the war is saying you killed me and took me away from waht i love and i'm gonna haunt you for it
    lala070893on March 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this songs- its so good ...infact its amazing
    pimpingpastaon April 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    Nickolas323on November 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUnlike Topher, Anti-Flag wouldn't bring a tear to my eye, it rather makes me furious to the ignorance and dumbness that rules our world. WAKE UP people! I absolutetly love Anti-Flag and this song specifically... The painful irony of "I'd tell you all these things but I'M DEAD" is just pure brilliance.
    Mozaredon March 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song off the album, one of their best period
    paopufruiton August 02, 2008   Link

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