"Everywhere" as written by Barbra Griffin and Leah Cooney....
Dig in boys for an extended stay
Those were the final orders to come down that day
Waiting to be saved in the Philippines
You'll wait forever for the young Marines

Now I believe to be here is right
But I have to say I'm scared tonight
Crouching in this hole with a mouth full of sand
What comes first the country or the man

Look at those slanted eyes coming up over the hill
Catching us by surprise, it's time to kill or be killed

Over here, over there, it's the same everywhere
A boy cries out for his mama before he dies for his home

All my life I wanted to be
As clever and strong as my best friend Lee
We grew up together along Half Moon Bay
Lee was Japanese, born in the USA

When Tommy was fighting Jerry along the River Seine
Me and Lee wanted to do the same
Then they bombed Pearl Harbor at the break of day
I was headed for these islands while Lee was hauled away

They said look at his slanted eyes, he's guilty as guilty can be
Sent here as enemy spies to sabotage the Land of the Free

I never got home, my platoon was never saved
That little fox hole became my island grave
Lee got out of jail but a prisoner he remained
Till he ended his own life to lose that ball and chain

And they said Oh Little Slanted Eyes can't you forgive and forget
And he said, Oh Mr Friendly Ghost
Can you catch water in a net?

Lyrics submitted by Madame Me

"Everywhere" as written by Leah Cooney Barbra Griffin

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  • +1
    General CommentObviously about his japanese friend during WW2. The last verse has the most meaning of all. It means its impossible to catch water in a net, so it is impossible for "Lee" to forget what he went through while in-prisoned. Billy Bragg is a true poet.
    Tyler250on March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat an absolutely beautiful song. I love songs where the narrator dies at the end.
    wondercakeon June 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this version by Billy. I have to point out it was written by Sid Griffen and not Billy.
    7aint9on December 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentor not. I can't find the sid giffen version anywhere in hard vinyl so I have no idea now, I'll take it into consideration
    badbrainon April 27, 2008   Link
  • -2
    General CommentDefinitely written by Billy Bragg. No idea what you're talking about, 7aint9.
    badbrainon April 27, 2008   Link

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