"Protocol" as written by and Gordon Lightfoot....
Who are these ones who would lead us now
To the sound of a thousand guns
Who'd storm the gates of hell itself
To the tune of a single drum?

Where are the girls of the neighborhood bars
Whose loves were lost at sea
In the hills of France and on German soil
From Saigon to Wounded Knee?

Who come from long lines of soldiers
Whose duty was fulfilled
In the words of a warrior's will
And protocol

Where are the boys in their coats of blue
Who flew when their eyes were blind?
Was God in town for the Roman games
Was he there when the deals were signed?

Who are the kings in their coats of mail
Who road by the cross to die?
Did they all go down into worthiness?
Is it wrong for a king to cry?
And who are these ones who would have us now
Whose presence in concealed
Whose nature is revealed
In a time bomb?

Last of all you old sea dogs
Who travel after whale
You'd storm the gates of hell itself
For the taste of a mermaid's tail
Who come from long lines of skippers
Whose duty was fulfilled
In the words of a warrior's will
And protocol


Lyrics submitted by ButNeverOutgunned, edited by rb3868

"Protocol" as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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    General CommentSuch a great sont...thank you for submitting it.
    Kwazyon March 04, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationSeems a very pointed challenge at causes people applied themselves to and asks "what's the point?" I wonder if Gord knew about Milgram's experiments on obedience at the time.
    Anguson February 21, 2014   Link

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