For a long time it has been clear to me that there are certain parts of life that I will never truly understand. Some experiences you can imagine and mentally explore without first hand experiences, other situations fall into a void of imagination and emotion that cannot truly connect because it is so foreign. I have never been to war. I have never had to make the choices that people have had to make in war. I have never killed another person, or watch my friends be killed in battle. I cannot understand the fear, sadness, and the emotional weight of such an event.
Sometimes a songwriter, through their own experience or through something they've gleaned from a trusted first hand source, will tap into one of these unimaginable events. Through their words I can catch a glimpse of something I would never truly understand. Music is powerful that way and I am so grateful for all the artists whose words have helped me understand many of life's experiences.
I recorded this for Jason at KRock in Newfoundland when they did their Springsteen special. Hope you enjoy.
and of course the original...
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