You never change your mind once it's made up
Unless it's to crawl back on your knees

Is that the way you want it?
You get back to the wall
And put your hands up
It's a holdup
You give up like every time before
That is how you survived the war

You rarely multiply all these divisions
You give yourself the least of parts
I put on my green felt hat, pack our provisions
Playing a merry Prince of Thieves

You're not gonna lose this one
You don't have to cut and run
I think you can choose to love and what is more
That is how you survived the war

Now in a summer's day, spring a ripened plum
How will you live under the sun?
You follow the open road, remembering the guns
When you get lost under the trees

Lyrics submitted by bluefish, edited by Viking23

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    General Commentto sum it up with another song title....'love is a battlefield' :)
    ama82on January 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTo me this is about someone who does whatever is good for them, not carin gabout other people. its the classic "Well, you got out of that situation and saved yourself, but alot of people hat eyou now"
    porcupine179on June 01, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree somewhat with Porcupine179 but I think it can also mean that this person they're referring to chooses the easy way out, the path of least resistance. So then after the war, did they really learn anything or were they even affected at all by it?

    That's just how I see it, by facing challenges we learn lessons, especially by our mistakes, if you just play it safe all the time, or take the selfish route- the experience isn't the same. Just how I see it!
    emmemon April 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this is one person trying to get the other to open up. Someone has survived a war (whether real or metaphorical) and it has closed them off to real human connection. "You're not gonna lose this one," she says. She thinks he has it in him to choose love instead of isolation and "safety."
    kachesonon July 22, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti fully agree with kacheson.
    i think the subject of the song has been in some screwed up relationships, so they react to anything real and dangerous by running away.
    but the singer believes this person can overcome the past.
    cloan21on December 18, 2009   Link

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