"the general" as written by Luke Crowther, Joel Stoker, Grant Marsh and Robert Pyne....
When he was younger he could rumble like a hurricane
And leave you lying with a hunger for some novocaine
Hit the switch on the lights in a heartbeat
Just like your worst nightmare with a mean streak
But all the talent and the money's only gonna breed
Every Queen every King you're ever gonna need
And they'll be nothing of the man and the legacy
By the time that they get through

Every time you close your eyes you see your memory
'Boy you dream a lot'
Cause you're really not that man you used to be

When he was younger he could rumble like a hurricane
But now he stands out like a puddle in the pouring rain
Trying hard to chase an ever fading memory
Before the days of grace are never gonna be
So gather round and buy a ticket for the funeral
Bring your camera and flowers for the general
Sit around and reminise about the glory days

Every time you close your eyes you see your memory
'Boy you dream a lot'
Cause you're really not that man you used to be

Every time you close your eyes you see your memory
'Boy you dream a lot'
Cause you're really not that man that people see



Lyrics submitted by diamond.in.the.dark, edited by SoWhy

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    General CommentRefering to the video, this is a song about the shattered illusion of hero worship, the point at which a boy discovers his father is not the invincible superhuman he thought him to be, and about trying to live up to a damaged legacy of the Dad he lost.
    zwiX12on February 27, 2009   Link
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    Lyric Correction"just like a worse (?worth?) there with a mean streak"
    -just like your worst nightmare with a mean streak

    "but all the talent and the moneys only gunna be"
    -gunna breed

    "every queen every king your gunna ever need"
    -ever gunna need

    "and there'll be nothing but the man and the legacy"
    -and they'll be nothing of the man and the legacy

    "but at the time they get through........"
    -by the time that they get through

    "for you dream alot"
    -boy you dream a lot

    "before the days, grace are never gunna be"
    -days of grace

    Just got the cd because of this song.
    Myfirstruleiruleon March 05, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti've done this by ear so dont start picking out mistakes, think this is just simply about a war hero who is now fading away and is just an old man now. could war hero or the general who has died be jimmy from the song local boy?
    diamond.in.the.darkon February 14, 2009   Link

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