"Forgotten Sons" as written by and Derek William/kelly Dick....
Armalite, street lights, nightsights
Searching the roofs for a sniper, a viper, a fighter
Death in the shadows he'll maim you, he'll wound you, he'll kill you
For a long forgotten cause, on not so foreign shores
Boys baptised in wars
Morphine, chill scream, bad dream
Serving as numbers on dogtags, flakrags, sandbags
Your girl has married your best friend, loves end, poison pen
Your flesh will always creep, tossing turning sleep
The wounds that burn so deep

Your mother sits on the edge of the world
When the cameras start to roll
Panoramic viewpoint resurrect the killing fold
Your father drains another beer, he's one of the few that cares
Crawling behind a Saracen's hull from the safety of his living room chwair
Forgotten sons, forgotten sons, forgotten sons

And so as I patrol in the valley of the shadow of the tricolour
I must fear evil, for I am but mortal and mortals can only die
Asking questions, pleading answers from the nameless faceless watchers
That stalk the carpeted corridors of Whitehall

Who orders desecration, mutilation, verbal masturbation
In the guarded bureaucratic wombs

Minister, minister care for your children, order them not into damnation
To eliminate those who would trespass against you
For whose is the kingdom, the power, the glory forever and ever, Amen
Halt who goes there, Death, approach friend

You're just another coffin on its way down the emerald aisle
When your children's stony glances mourn your death in a terrorist's smile
The bomber's arm placing fiery gifts on the supermarket shelves
Alley sings with shrapnel detonate a temporary hell
Forgotten Sons

From the dole queue to the regiment a profession in a flash
But remember Monday signings when from door to door you dash
On the news a nation mourns you unknown soldier, count the cost
For a second you'll be famous but labelled posthumous

Forgotten sons, forgotten sons
Peace on earth and mercy mild, Mother Brown has lost her child
Just another Forgotten Son

Lyrics submitted by agl333

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    General CommentA fantasically powerful song about the troubles in Northern Ireland when the media focusses on the war but not the young men that gave their lives to it. Still very relevent for the times we find ourselves in now (fiery gifts on the supermarket shelves?)
    I love the instrumental piece halfway through which has the flavour of machine-gun fire (a live performance of this had Fish "shooting" the audience with the mic stand) and then into a rendition of Psalm 23 (a tribute to Pink Floyd's Animals perhaps?) and the Lord's Prayer.
    A song that talks about the loss of innocence, a common Fish theme I think and sends a shiver down my spine every time I hear it.
    Ghostlighton August 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentShades of Alex Harvey in there
    nagromnaion February 24, 2007   Link

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