"Army Reserve" as written by and Jeff Ament Eddie Vedder....
How long must she stand
Before the ground, it gives way
To an endless fall
She can feel this
War on her face
Stars on her pillow
She's folding in darkness
Begging for slumber

I'm not blind
Can see it coming
Looks like lightning
In my child's eye

I'm not frantic
I can feel it coming
Violently shakes
My body

Her son's slanted
Always giving her
The sideways eye
And empty chair where dad sits
How loud can silence get?
And mom, she reassures
To contain him
But it's becoming a lie

She tells herself
And everyone else
Father is risking
His life for our freedoms

I'm not blind
I can see it coming
Looks like lightning
In my child's eye

I'm no frantic
I can feel it coming
Darling you'll save me
If you save yourself


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"Army Reserve" as written by Eddie Vedder Echols

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    General CommentSpeaking as someone who was in the Reserve/Guard and got deployed overseas, I know my wife felt like that sometimes. But it's interesting, on one hand she hated the fact that the Army had taken me away from her and our kids, and on the other, she was extremely proud of me and what I was doing. I think Ed's gotten it fairly right from the spouse's perspective.

    On the other side of the coin, though, it's further proof to me that the general public doesn't really understand why those of us who've served do it. When I enlisted I can't tell you how many of my high school friends told me they thought it was crazy, or that it was a poor choice.

    It's all fine and good if you choose not to enlist, or even if you choose not to support the military, but don't have a go at people who've chosen to serve.
    NorthWriteron May 05, 2006   Link

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