"Godspeed" as written by and Ronnie Winter....
Its January 1970, do you remember me
You put me on a boat across the sea, in the name of victory
But much to my surprised when I arrived, there was no welcoming committee
Instead there was a man for me to kill, and now I see how this is all too real

Then I saw him standing with a bayonet
And as I ran towards him he hardly broke a sweat
When I took his life he fell to his knees
And as his eyes began to fade he whispered softly

Godspeed this letter, away from here
I've sealed it with my tears, and stamped it with my fists
And godspeed this letter, away from you
My work down here is through
I'm on my way to better days
And so are you

I'm in his pocket that I saw the picture of his children and his family
And I began to realize this person I despised, in actuality
Was not much different from myself
We probably could have taught each other many things
And now I know its much too late although I couldn't hesitate
I checked his gun, and his chamber was empty

Then I saw him standing with a bayonet
And as I ran towards him he hardly broke a sweat
When I took his life he fell to his knees
And as his eyes began to fade he whispered softly

Godspeed this letter, away from here
I've sealed it with my tears, and stamped it with my fists
And godspeed this letter, away from you
My work down here is through
I'm on my way to better days
And so are you

We know not what we've done
And
We know not what we've done

Godspeed this letter, away from here
I've sealed it with my tears, and stamped it with my fists
And godspeed this letter, away from you
My work down here is through
I'm on my way to better days
And so are you


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"Godspeed" as written by Ronnie Winter

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  • +2
    General CommentSkyphoenix that is extremely shallow. This is a song of how this soldier gets an epiphany of how this war is for nothing and that the enemy and himself are more alike then he thinks, and that the enemy was never going to fight back. Pathetic is a person who can't see past his own ideas of how things, i.e. music, is supposed to be. Seriously come out that shell you seem to live in and be open minded.
    WhiteCollarAgenton February 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThe Vietnam war ended in 1970. It was a long and unfavorable war so Ronnie sings:

    "It's January, 1970
    Do you remember me?
    You put me on a boat across the sea
    In the name of victory"
    The war was fought in the name of victory, or Capitalism. The U.S. was afraid if communism spread to

    Vietnam it would spread throughout the entirity of Asia.


    Then Ronnie recalls the memories of the soldiers and how after he killed a man he looked through his personal belongings and found out there was not much different between the two.

    The Vietnam war ended due to the fact American soldiers were questioning why they were there in the first place.
    Chanceua93on March 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti actually loooove this song.
    but i think its:

    "i've sealed it with my tears
    and stamped it with my fears"

    fist makes more sense.. but fears is what i here..
    totheendmcr04on January 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat are you talkin' about skyphoenix, this is great stuff. Granted it is different to 'Don't you fake it' but it's still damn good
    JezAlmightyon February 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat war are they talking about. Good song liking the new album
    Irishdudeon February 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It sure is different from their other stuff, but its lyrics are powerful if you really listen to them and understand them. It helps if you know about the Vietnam War, too. But just imagine being in war, standing there with an empty chamber, and having someone running toward you about to take your life. That takes courage.

    I get really into songs haha
    laurenmaureenon February 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow TitoC11
    The song is based on the Vietnamese War as laurenmaureen pointed out.
    And musicians can write about something they have never been through, if they couldn't, music would be pointless.
    Music is the greatest instrument to express feelings and deep emotions through metaphors or literal stories within songs. Maybe Ronnie's grandfather was in the Viet War, how will you ever know??
    This song is simply amazing, it almost made me cry when I first heard it, it has such meaning and beautiful lyrics.
    Good job on this piece RJA.
    DefineDeathon March 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI hear "i've stamped it with my FEARS." too.

    yeah i think the beginning is about the vietnam war and of course he hasnt been in it but that doesn't mean he didnt know someone personally who was in it. i think the whole song has to do with war in general.

    so, TitoC11, don't say that Ronnie had nothing to do with it when you do not know.
    Thesoundof2moroon March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song could also have a deeper meaning (Obviously). Some bring up the fact that he was not in the war, thus how could he tell a tale about it...

    But what if Ronnie is telling a story about "what could have been."

    When we meet people, we judge them immediately, whether it be subconsciously or not.
    "And I began to realize this person I despised
    In actuality, was not much different from myself
    We probably could have taught each other many things"

    I feel this way about many of the people I interact with. If you approach someone with an open mind, there wouldn't be so much hatred between one another.

    "And now I know it's much too late
    Although I couldn't hesitate
    I checked his gun
    And his chamber was empty"

    Usually it's too late for us to go back and change what we have done. Ok, so nobody died as a result of our actions, but this is an exaggerated example of "killing" a friendship or an opportunity that may have been.

    --But that's just my interpretation of the song... You may have another. And that's the beauty of all lyrics.



    swelzba09on April 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlrite i think its a Christian song with secret meaning.
    Becasue when Jesus was being killed he never fought back just like the man in the song and he wasnt rude to him when he did take his life, just like Jesus wasnt, and then he says "Godspeed this letter" and the letter probably represents the gospel and he said "my work down here is done, im off to better days and so are you" which means his work on earth is done phsically like Jesus and hes Off to better days, like meaning hes going to heaven and hes saying the man that killed him will also have a good life and be in heaven soon too. And then he goes on to mention that they were a like and could have taught eachother a lot and Jesus was also a lot liek us being human and still having feelings like us. and then he mentions how he went to check on him and his chamber was empty!! just like how when people went to go check on Jesus his tomb was empty. And the main part is when the lyrics go "We know not what we've done
    And, oh, we know not what we've done" becuase Jesus said in the Bible before he died to God that we know not what we've done. So theres a lot of Christian meaning to this song just put into a different kinda story. But the meaning and point is still the same.. Great song, Love it.. Lol awesome band too. Wow i wrote a lot!
    Honey3on April 27, 2009   Link

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