"Kiss the Flag " as written by and Kevin James Clarkson Joseph Daniel Lauzon....
Don't shoot until you see
The red and white
And blue in my eyes
They say were straving fences
And it's not so comfortable

He thinks he grew up to be boring
And so he goes to change his life
I saw you get up on your toes
But don't step back too fast
Or you'll cut yourself in half

[Chorus]
I wanted
All I wanted was to find
There's something here inside of me they couldn't keep
They woke up to hear me screaming

Just shoot until you see
The red on white
And blue in my sky
The proof is in the pictures
And it's not so comforting

He knows that one day they'll ignore him
And push him to the side
He said he kissed the flag before he died
He took one for his country
She said I'd do anything to have him back

[Chorus]

God help us
Can we really win this fight
Because no one knows which side you're on
Anymore, anymore
I'm lost and by myself

When this ends
Will freedom be the casualty
Or will it only
Will it be only me
Will it be only me
Will it be, only me

[Chorus]

God help us
Can we really win this fight
Cause no one knows which side you're on
Anymore, anymore
You're not lost or by yourself


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"Kiss the Flag" as written by Kevin James Clarkson Joseph Daniel Lauzon

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    General CommentThis song reminds me of my best friend over in Iraq fighting for us!
    evansbluefreakon August 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song was written from a neutral perspective on the war and warfare in general.

    it's beautifully written, though a tad on the dull side the lyrics more than make up for it.

    particularly poignant are the dialogue consisting of a woman being told that a man she loved was killed in battle:

    "He kissed the flag before he died, he took one for his country"
    "...I'd do anything to have him back..."

    pride and nationalism are rendered meaningless when you take into account the personal calamity that modern warfare brings about.
    thewakebehindyouon August 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbest line is "they say we're straddling fences, and its not so comfortable" therye not comfortable with where theyre at in life... awesome lyrical song
    jakelac95on August 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat a great song. it's good to see that people haven't spammed this with "OMGZ LEAVE J0R POLITICAL CRAP TO YOURSELF"

    I love these types of songs because they remind us all about what's going on out there and the harsh reality of it all.

    Rock on Evans Blue
    Something706on January 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song always makes me think of a former soldier suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (is it disorder or syndrome? You know what I'm talking about in either case, right?)

    The line, "They woke up to hear me screaming" makes me think of this particularly. I think he's screaming in his sleep from having nightmares.

    Also the line, "She says, "I'd do anything to have him back," doesn't necessarily mean the man she loves died in combat, but returned a completely different person than the one who left her to go to war.

    The other line is "I'm lost, and by myself," I don't know how much I know about the Vietnam war (way before my time) but I know a lot of the veterans were ignored, not treated well at all, many did not receive the help that they needed. I think that line alludes to the reception returning spilders got after the war.

    I hope I'm not talking out of my ass about that, I don't know if my facts are straight, but that's what this song makes me think of. I'm sure it could pertain to the war in Iraw now as well.
    Desaparecidaon February 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDesaparecida, I agree with you entirely. Especially about the line "She says, "I'd do anything to have him back," I didn't really think it was about the soldier dying. All in all, my interpretations were the same as yours.
    Brandanwithanaon February 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know what is meant by
    "I saw you get up on your toes but don’t step back too fast,
    Or you will cut yourself in half."
    ?
    Anyaaaon August 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI disagree with you, Desaparecida. I think that the "He said "He kissed the flag before he died, he took one for his country."
    She said "I’d do anything to have him back.’" Lines don't mean he didn't die. I mean, it SAYS he did. But I don't think it necessarily means that the man and the woman were in love. They could be siblings, or something.

    And I, too, would like to know what the "I saw you get up on your toes but don’t step back too fast,
    Or you will cut yourself in half." line means.
    Midniighton August 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think when he says
    "I saw you get up on your toes but don’t step back too fast,
    Or you will cut yourself in half."
    refers to the start of the song talking about straddling the fences, meaning the choices we make can be tough and instead of standing around doing nothing he decides to join the military.
    "but don’t step back too fast, Or you will cut yourself in half."
    is someone else saying to him, as a metaphor, don't make decisions too fast or rash you might become a different person or constantly fight yourself for the decision he makes.
    hence
    "I wanted, all I wanted was to find the something here inside of me they couldn’t keep."
    a part of him wants to join and fight for his country instead of "straddling the fences"
    ap1nickon October 14, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationSounds to me like an anti-warfare song from a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder perspective. Beautiful song!
    Hihey9989on November 05, 2009   Link

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