"Armworth" as written by Robert Caldwell and Roderick Evans....
What was my arm worth
When they took it away ?
In the spirited rush that set up
Armistice day

Where did they push them, fella ?
Where and which way ?
Did it stop the mad charge that
The enemy made?

Or is it with my brother
Is it with my brother
In a mean, endless grave ?

Tell me
Where?
Tell me
Where do I go to find it?

What had my arm gained
In the balance of things?
Are there still birds a-flying
In a brushing of wings?

Or do they still see the skies,
Still see the skies as a terrible thing?
And spoiling all them singing, babe
And smashing up their wings?

Wish I could go with them, brother
Brother of all things
It's only a stub of the original thing
And it was there when I signed up
And I saluted my king!

Where, tell me
Where do I go to find it?
What was my arm worth
When they took it away
And the spirit had rush upset
All of 'em promised to stay
Where did they put it, bella
Where and which way
Did it start the man charged at me
And I'm in vain
Or is it with my brother
Is it with my brother
And I mean in this grave
Tell me
Where
Tell me
Where do I go to find it
What is my arm's way
In a balance of things
Are there still birds a-flying
In a brushing of wings
Or could it still be disguised
As a terrible thing
And spoiling all them singing, babe
And smashing up their wings
Wish I could go with them brother
Brother of all things
It's only a stub of the original thing
It was there when I signed
When I saluted my king
Tell me
Where
Tell me
Where do I go to find it


Lyrics submitted by kirbsta, edited by dweebette, bill100000

"Armworth" as written by Roderick Evans Robert Caldwell

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    General CommentThe song seems to be about someone who has lost an arm in a war. He is asking if it was worth it. He wonders where it got off to, if it might be with his brother who is dead from the same conflict.

    Not sure who the Bella is, but maybe further listening to the album might merit an answer. The album seems to be of a concept, linked by repetition of musical themes. I can only assume this is a loved one, left behind when he went to war.

    He extends this metaphor into the next verse to ask if it was worth the loss of birds, their song, and their wings, to mirror the loss of his own arm.

    The mention of saluting from the lost arm makes the song an anti-patrotism song. It asks the question of whether that devotion is worth the loss it brings.
    spacemummyon March 31, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionInteresting that, after eight years of drinking the Bush Admin Kool-Aid, a song is labeled as "Anti-Patriotic" instead of "Anti-War". Consider the era in which it was written and performed.
    Montag451on June 06, 2013   Link

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