I watch the sky for something nice,
and no one seems to bother me.
There’s awful sounds and frightful sights
and no one sees the problem here.
It’s not picturesque,
though I hear songs of victory.
I lost a friend and part of me.

Oh, God, can’t you see?
There’s nothing left of me.
Oh, God, answer me.
Am I just a casualty?

My mother prays my soul to keep.
Maybe someone heard her plea.
A shameless strike, the bells will ring.
Always what will be, will be.
A missing like I thought I’d be all along
and now I’m shackles for their feet.

And she prays, God, can’t you see?
He is the best of me.
Oh, God, are you listening?
Will you bring him home to me?

oh oh oh ohhhh
oh oh ohhh ohhhhh.

Oh, God, can’t you see?
Oh, God, are you listening?
Oh, God, answer me.
Am I just a casualty?
There’s nothing left of me.
There’s nothing left of me.


Lyrics submitted by bonniesuee, edited by leost

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    My InterpretationIt seems pretty clear that the song starts off from the perspective of a soldier dying on the battlefield alone.

    He cries to God to save him, both from the physical destruction of the war, and the emotional damage it has done to him.

    He knows his mother is praying for him... he tries to comfort himself by imagining that someone up there heard her prayer. Only "someone" because God seems gone.

    Then we hear his mother's prayer. (not his wife's as is typical from war songs!)
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    However, I took it for myself, and it has much more meaning for me. My war is metaphorical and personal, and, to me, i can't hear it any way but that, even for both halves of the song. I wept when I heard it.
    leoston June 24, 2013   Link

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