From the recording Remuneration (War Song)

This is the darkest song on the album. The backdrop for the story is Vietnam, 1969. It took considerable persuasion to get Doc to include this song on the album. It is not a song that he feels should stand alone, but as part of a concept project, tells part of the overall story of "what makes a man."

Written Veterans Day, 1983

Lyrics

REMUNERATION (WAR SONG)

I was just some schoolboy,
A few months ago.
Sharin’ cokes and popcorn,
At the local picture show.
Now I’m lying….in the middle ….of this night,
In a country…..that only wants…… to fight,
Waiting… in the mud…. for some other …schoolboys …to show.

They killed my dog,
With a bayonet.
Buddies held me back,
Said it was best to forget.
Well I’m just ….goin’ on….. nineteen,
I didn’t know…. I could be….. that mean,
But I went out…. last night…. and collected… on a few…. past debts.

Now here we are,
Lookin’ eye to eye from a distance.
You look about my age,
That don’t make no difference.
I raise…. my weapon….. to my eye,
I got…. you clearly…. in my sights,
My finger….. squeezes…. and both….. of our mothers…. cry.

Originally written 1983.

© Robert L. Waltz, 2008
Waltz Songs, ASCAP