"Advance Guards" as written by and Jimmy Seals Darrell G. Crofts....
I used to look out from my window and see the tall grass in the wind.
Standing there just like advance guards waiting for the battle to begin.
My mother used to be much younger. She'd sing me soft, sweet lullabies.
I saw my fortress in the mountains each time I looked into her eyes.

But now she's gone,
Take me there, take me there, I don't care where we go.
Take me I just want to know what I used to know.
Take me there, take me there, I don't care where we go.
Take me there, take me I just want to go.

My father's hair has turned to grey now. I never stopped to ask him why.
And all the things that he onced treasured, I see them slowly drifting by.
And now I look out from my mountain and see the soldiers in the field.
It won't be long now 'til they have me. This time advance guards are for real.
Come on, come on and

Take me there, take me there, I don't care where we go.
Take me I just want to know what I used to know.
Take me there, take me there, I don't care where we go.
Take me there, take me I just want to go.


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"Advance Guards" as written by Jimmy Seals Darrell G. Crofts

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    General CommentThe songwriter is not afraid to find out the meaning of the life and death as he says, "Take me there". The imagery of the grass in the field helps him to understand the inevitability of death. He now realises that he too is caught up in it as his mother and father were and can see his day will come too.
    risingamberson September 06, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThe final line including “... I just want to go.” is very telling. It’s not the inevitability of death alone, but the willingness to go. The act of being a soldier involves a willingness to die, indeed the whole point of a soldier (as Gwynne Dyer points out) is to die. The military undertone of the writing in this beautiful song must be put into the context The Viet Nam War, surely.
    I know nothing of the Baha’i faith but suspect the sentiment is wrapped up in a form of accepted fatalism and wanting to go down the path revealed by this relatively new faith.
    It would be interesting to hear what Seals and Crofts have to say – what was behind their lyrics at the time of composition. The sentiments probably hold true today or has there been change?
    pavel11096on December 23, 2016   Link

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