"The War Was In Color" as written by and Terrell H. Clark Carter Gravatt....
I see you've found a box of my things -
Infantries, tanks and smoldering airplane wings.
These old pictures are cool. Tell me some stories
Was it like the old war movies?
Sit down son. Let me fill you in

Where to begin? Let's start with the end
This black and white photo don't capture the skin
From the flash of a gun to a soldier who's done
Trust me grandson
The war was in color

From shipyard to sea, From factory to sky
From rivet to rifle, from boot camp to battle cry
I wore the mask up high on a daylight run
That held my face in its clammy hand
Crawled over coconut logs and corpses in the coral sand

Where to begin? Let¹s start with the end
This black and white photo don't capture the skin
From the shock of a shell or the memory of smell
If red is for Hell
The war was in color

I held the canvas bag over the railing
The dead released, with the ship still sailing,
Out of our hands and into the swallowing sea
I felt the crossfire stitching up soldiers
Into a blanket of dead, and as the night grows colder
In a window back home, a Blue Star is traded for Gold.

Where to begin? Let's start with the end
This black and white photo don't capture the skin
When metal is churned. And bodies are burned
Victory earned
The War was in color

Now I lay in my grave at age 21
Long before you were born
Before I bore a son
What good did it do?
Well hopefully for you
A world without war
A life full of color

Where to begin? Let's start with the end
This black and white photo never captured my skin
Once it was torn from an enemy thorn
Straight through the core
The war was in color






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"The War Was in Color" as written by Carter Gravatt Barry Thomas Privett

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    General CommentIt is about the War of the Pacific during WWII, but is applicable to all wars.. A great song really
    StevethePirateon July 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWow. Incredible song.
    TheHooliganon July 01, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaningthis song is pretty much about how black and white pictures-or any picture- cannot match up to the experience of war. it cant capture the thoughts, feelings, and hopes of the soldiers, nor the horrors of war.
    its a beautiful song.
    faerieflyteon August 22, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaningthis song is pretty much about how black and white pictures-or any picture- cannot match up to the experience of war. it cant capture the thoughts, feelings, and hopes of the soldiers, nor the horrors of war.
    its a beautiful song.
    faerieflyteon August 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhat do you think the line "before I bore a son" means compared to the use of the word grandson? Literally it doesn't mean anything because a man has never bore a son, but do you think it's meant to mean he died before he helped conceive a child, or before his child was born? Never could figure out if the grandson part was literal, or just addressed to someone young...
    theevilwriteron December 05, 2012   Link

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