What will you do when the war is over, tender comrade
When we lay down our weary guns
When we return home to our wives and families
And look into the eyes of our sons
What will you say of the bond we had, tender comrade
Will you say that we were brave
As the shells fell all around us
Or that we wept and cried for our mothers
And cursed our fathers
For forgetting that all men are brothers

Will you say that we were heroes
Or that fear of dying among strangers
Tore our innocence and false shame away
And from that moment on deep in my heart i knew
That i would only give my life for love

Brothers in arms in each other arms
Was the only time that i was not afraid
What will you do when the war is over, tender comrade
When we cast off these khaki clothes
And go our separate ways
What will you say of the bond we had
Tender comrade

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    General Commenti am a thousand shocked that nobody has commented on this song. lyrically, its beautiful. sung without any instruments or backing; chilling. heavy use of personification (weary guns). observes something that many people dont think about, what happens to a soldier after the war. i could go on but cbf. pretty obvious what its about.
    mezpezon January 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentGreat song ... Just posted it to the Veterans for Peace page. Love Billy Bragg ... to hell with fascists.
    WisconsinBradon September 03, 2011   Link

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