fragile soldiers


Written: 1993
Released: Unreleased
Notes: This song was written
about a man I would often see begging
as I'd walk through the Shell Centre from
Waterloo Station - I think they've done
away with most of the beggars now, but
back then there were loads - I would
always hang onto my change in case this
man was there, and give it to him.


In the body of a man a child stands
On bent and tired legs
With a mumbled word and an outstretched hand
And a nervous smile he begs
Yet he would fight
Like you and me
His battles daily but
A fragile soldier he
And how when love leaves us cold
We beg any chance at all
For standing face to face with love
Fragile soldiers all
He stands alone in his lost world
His soul forever young
But he feels the wind and he feels the rain
As keen as anyone
And he would fight
Like you and me
His battles daily but
A fragile soldier he
And how when life leaves us cold
We beg God's to hear our call
For standing face to face with death
Fragile soldiers all
And silent judges judge with every step
This hand that fate has played
More anaethetized than civilized
This country we have made
Yet he would fight
Like you and me
His battles daily but
A fragile soldier he
And how when the wind leaves us cold
We should feel so very small
For standing face to face with him
Fragile soldiers all

© Philip Jeays 1993
Philip Jeays © Sean K

Released April 18th 2016 Take The Slow Train album

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