"That Man I Shot" as written by and Brad Morgan Patterson Hood....
That man I shot,
He was trying to kill me
He was trying to kill me
He was trying to kill me
That man I shot I didn't know him
I was just doing my job, maybe so was he

That man I shot, I was in his homeland
I was there to help him but he didn't want me there
I did not hate him, I still don't hate him
He was trying to kill me and I had to take him down

That man I shot, I still can see him
When I should be sleeping, tossing and turning
He's looking at me, eyes looking through me
Break out in cold sweats when I see him standing there

That man I shot, shot not in anger
There's no denying it was in self-defense
But when I close my eyes, I still can see him
I feel his last breath in the calm dead of night

That man I shot,
He was trying to kill me
He was trying to kill me,
He was trying to kill me
Sometimes I wonder if I should be there?
I hold my little ones until he disappears

I hold my little ones until he disappears
I hold my little ones until we disappear
And I'm not crazy or at least I never was
But there?s this big thing that can't get rid of

That man I shot did he have little ones
That he was so proud of that he won't see grow up?
Was walking down his street, maybe I was in his yard
Was trying to do good I just don't understand


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"That Man I Shot" as written by Patterson Hood

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    General CommentYou could call it protest if you want, but I feel like it's just a very real interpretation of war. We veterans get all sorts of labels slapped on us, yet some of us feel like we are doing a good thing, we didn't ask for PTSD, it happens though, we don't ask for the Combat Zone related stress, but it happens. I was stationed in Afghanistan when I bought this CD, and this song moved me so much, thinking about our crews moving through the mountains and hills of Afghanistan trying to turn that place around. This song still puts me in a different mood when I hear it, takes me back to those warm Afghan nights hearing gunships and helicopters breaking up the silence and the wind. Best song on the album imho
    TacticalEliteon February 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPretty poignant look at a (ex?) soldier having to deal with guilt and confusion after having killed a man in Iraq, not knowing exactly who the man was, if he was indeed the enemy, etc.

    I think the most interesting line is "I hold my little ones until we disappear."

    Probably the most rocking song on the album.
    jesteringon March 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPatterson wrote the song after meeting a soldier home from a tour in Iraq but already slated to return for a second go-round.

    When my cousin came home from his first tour a couple years ago he spoke to my little brother's second-grade class. Most of the kids asked questions like "what's your best gun?" or "what's your biggest bomb?" and he humored them as best he could. Then one little boy piped up and asked point-blank "Did you ever shoot anyone?" The teacher immediately intervened and told him he didn't have to answer. But in that moment his eyes went out of focus and his voice, when it returned, had grown softer, gentler, sadder. He looked the eight-year-olds on the floor all around him straight in the eye and said:

    "War is a very bad thing, kids. And sometimes in a war you have to do things you would never, ever want to do."

    He's never spoken of it again and we don't pry. But this song brings me back to that moment and my cousin's little boy, already growing in the womb during that interview and born while he was away on a second tour.
    mikedmostdon May 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe Onion A.V. club called this "one of the best (and angriest) protest songs about the Iraq war yet written". This is a protest song in the same way that "Born in the U.S.A" is a protest song--rather than explicitly stating how horrible war is they take the example of a soldier who killed a man and is suffering from PTSD because of it. In my fiction writing class the big mantra was "show, don't tell" and that's what they do here.
    jadyon January 07, 2009   Link

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