Pecked by the seagulls
Hanging from the gallows
Swinging in the breeze
Dripping something on the streets
I can see him from my window they can see him from the water
Just a victim of the press gang

I knew him when he was breathing
He was a good man, he was a young man
He was like you, he was like me
It could've been me
It could've been me

Twisting in the breeze
(cut him down, cut him down)
Left for the children on the streets
(cut him down, cut him down)
On the streets

He should have kept his mouth shut
He never shoulda left that ship
Don't go drinking down by the docks
You don't know if you'll wake up

I knew him when he was breathing
He was a good man, he was a young man
He was like you, he was like me
It could've been me
It could've been me

Twisting in the breeze
(cut him down, cut him down)
Left for the children on the streets
(cut him down, cut him down)
On the streets

Woke up on the water
No one ever asked him if he wanted to go
Didn't have many options
He was smart; he got out when he could
Shoulda stayed in the Pacific
Should have stayed in the Pacific
Could've had it good
Any island
Any island wouldn't do
Any island wouldn't do

I knew him when he was breathing
He was a good man, he was a young man
He was like you, he was like me
It could've been you
It should've been me

But it should've been the press gang
(cut him down, cut him down)
But it should've been the press gang
(cut him down, cut him down)
Cut him down, cut him down
Cut him down


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    General CommentBreakinglass139 is right re: the pressgang, i would only add that if later you tried to run away from the Navy, well then you would get hanged for desertion.

    This song has special meaning for me... I had a friend (Sgt Scott Kirkpatrick, KIA, also 1999 Slam Poetry National Champion) who joined the army in '04 because he wanted to go fight in Afganistan. He was tired of "Dreaming his life away" and wanted to "Make it on his own" This was his favorite devils song. He was taken in by all the pomp and hype in the media and in the ad campaigns on TV and everywhere else for the Army. After his 1st tour in Iraq, (where he never wanted to go and didnt know why he was there) he expressed to me some of his reservations about the Army, their mission and the things he was being asked to do. 2 months later he shipped out for his second tour in Iraq, where he was killed by a suicide bombers' booby trap. Such a fucking waste... "He was a good man, he was a young man. He was like you, he was like me."
    MD01GEISTon March 12, 2010   Link

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