"The Guns Called Me Back Again" as written by and Polly / Harvey....
Shadows lengthening.
Ninety five steps I'm taking.
With every step I'm longing
For the luck to keep on living.

The drum calls me back again
To my senses,
Filled with shame.

I wish this night
Would never end,
And on no-man's-land
The sun would not rise again.

There was laughing, and I could not laugh.
There was singing, and I could not sing.
The big guns called me back again.

I hear voices singing.
I hear the guns beginning.
Far off, far away
I hear the guns again.


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"The Guns Called Me Back Again" as written by Polly Harvey

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    My InterpretationI have a vision when I listen this song: a soldier that tried to reach the enemy's territory and was hidden there in the night, listening his enemies laughing and singing and he should just stay quiet. He doesn't want the night to ends, so they will never find him. "To my senses, filled with shame." since he was ashamed of leaving his army and was alone there. And in the morning he hears his enemy going to the battle again and he hears the guns and the singing.
    lucasemgon September 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about someone dealing with PTSD, and PJ Harvey decided to use the imagery of war to illustrate.
    tifnzon January 16, 2013   Link

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