500 Soldiers

by Danny Medakvic

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Inspired by a war memorial in Waterdown, Ontario.

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500 soldiers have finally come home
50 years later from fields lined with stone
Weary and ragged, they've walked across the ocean floor
Then rode a ghost-train to my front door

It was here that the old train to Montreal
Used to whistle when she came
And cry as she pulled away
And the Wilsons and the Stevens, and all the other boys
One day crawled into her belly
While their mothers' hearts were breaking

With their folded pictures in their vests
And hearts like drums beat in their chests
So young, so brave, so what's it mean
To a boy who'll never see nineteen?
So how can say it's like they never went away?
So how can say it's like they never went away?

Your stories and pictures are now Hollywood fixtures
Well, reality's now fantasy
Don't get me wrong I appreciate what you did for us
But it's hard to see the light in this dark age of democracy

With their folded pictures in their vests
And hearts like drums beat in their chests
So young, so brave, so what's it mean
To a boy who'll never see nineteen?
So how can say it's like they never went away?
So how can say it's like they never went away?

Five-hundred ghosts in this ten church town
Have been dying to get me to write it down
You can hear their whispered words in the cold breezes of November
All that they want is for you just to remember

Their folded pictures in their vests
And hearts like drums beat in their chests
So young, so brave, so what's it mean
To a boy who'll never see nineteen?
So how can say it's like they never went away?
So how can say it's like they never went away?

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released November 10, 2019
Danny Medakovic: Guitars, Bass, Mandolin, eBow, Lead vocals
Marshall Bureau: Drums
Mike Trebilcock: Background Vocals

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Danny Medakovic Ontario

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer, Danny Medakovic has been gathering the respect of fellow musicians and music fans since moving to Hamilton, Ontario over 20 years ago. He has three full length albums out: Honeybucket (2002), Jolley Cut (2014) and The Years (2019). ... more

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