halliburton boardroom massacre (live - the commons
© david rovics 2008
Author: david rovics
I joined the army when high school was through

I didn’t know what else to do

Thought I’d take care of that traveling jones

Then maybe take out some student loans

They sent me away to the land of the dead

Where I didn’t know a word that they said

I got shot at a lot, I was nearly toast

But it’s the ones that I killed that hurts the most

Most of the time I didn’t know what was going on

The rest of the time I knew there was something going wrong

Every reason we were there turned out to be a lie

I thought of that each time I saw another person die

I was supposed to stay for a year, they kept me for four

By the time I got back home no one knew me anymore

Of the man I once was there didn’t seem to be a trace

And when I looked me in the mirror I didn’t recognize my face

I wasn’t home too long before the time that I fell ill

It was like the air was thick as mud and I ached enough to kill

I didn’t know I’d been fighting in a nuclear war

DU was in my blood and I was knocking on death’s door

I can’t tell you how it felt to be betrayed at every turn

Like the earth was spinning backwards, like my heart began to burn

Like I had to do something while I still had the strength to stand

While I still could run with a machine gun in my hand

I thought of Halliburton and the military brass

And the things they get away with all for their ruling class

But I’m not a pawn and I can’t just let it be

And if I’m gonna die, I’m gonna take some of them f***ers with me

I’ll spare you the details, I did what I had to do

There’s a boardroom blown to hell and soon I will be, too

You can say I lost it, you can say that I’m insane

But may no one ever say that my death was in vain

I joined the army when high school was through

I didn’t know what else to do