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Carbon Leaf — Toy Soldiers
Album: Echo Echo
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Released: 2001
Length: 4:30
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Today I strike out on my own
The dog is dead. The kids have grown
I fell asleep in my writing chair
I drempt I'd found my childhood stare
To family dinner Christmas night
We'd cross the river shipyard lights
Before the heartbreak and unknown
Today I strike out on my own

Chorus
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Hi-diddely-o, didn't ya know?
You fade once you glow
Didn't ya know, child?
After the ryhme, high time
diddely-o, didn't you know?
You fade once you glow.
Didn't ya known, child?
After the ryhme, high time.

The families gather but we're all
Mere Shadows in this Banquet Hall
I'm beggin mom will you understand
I'm beggin dad will you hold her hand
To play outside was all i'd known
And Christmas lights on every home

Chorus

We find the people of our dreams
We find that they're not what they seem
I've learned that people come and go
I've learned that families break and grow
Toy soldiers brave away those tears
Toy soldiers hope for better years
Today I strike out on my own
The dog is dead. We kids have grown.

Chorus
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This will likely win my Most Pretentious Song Du Jour award today. It had a little potential I guess, maybe, first verse, but the fiddle-dee-do's and whistling la-dee-da totally blew it. Celts have a tendency to ruin a lot stuff with their insistent on the precious.
 Just moved it up to a 9
I discovered Carbon Leaf on RP, and really dig their sound. Their song that really gets me is 'The War Was In Color', Bill plays it occasionally.

7-8 from Texas.
c.
Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle from 2013 is also very Celtic-sounding. 
 

bbunyard wrote:
I love Carbon Leaf! But this is really the only Celtic-sounding album in their stable. Frankly it's my least fave album too.
 

 

Perfect 10!
I heard a bit of Ian Anderson there. This is a great tune.
Outstanding! The fuzzy guitar jams well, the lyrics lilt so fittingly, and all of it rocks and reels to a true marching Celtic beat; I LOVE IT!
Love this song! I printed out the lyrics from AZlyrics.com. Thanks for playing this.
Came here to say celtic green day but it's already been done
I love Carbon Leaf! But this is really the only Celtic-sounding album in their stable. Frankly it's my least fave album too.
 
 TerryS wrote:
I keep envisioning Shane McGowan rasping this out after consuming copious C2H60.

 
Shane doesn't drink any more.......but then again, he doesn't drink any less.
Celtic Green Day
Green Clover Day {#Mrgreen}

much like 
Just the song I needed to get me going this AM with lots of work to do. Carbon Leaf is very creative and this is a particularly good example of the genre-crossing talent.
 ivanaus wrote:
REfreshing band with its Celtic shades and variety.  A little bit of post Richard Thompson Fairport.

 
Definitely second that - thought it was Fairport at first.
I keep envisioning Shane McGowan rasping this out after consuming copious C2H60.
REfreshing band with its Celtic shades and variety.  A little bit of post Richard Thompson Fairport.

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song...

I Hereby Resign in Protest Effective Immediately
published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Common Dreams

I hereby resign in protest effective immediately.

I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.

At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naïve, and misled. The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.

Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war crimes including counterinsurgency “dirty” wars, drone terrorism, the suspension of due process, torture, mass surveillance, and widespread regulatory capture have shed light on the true nature of the current US Government. I encourage you to read more about these topics at the links I have provided below.

Some will say that I am being irresponsible, impractical, and irrational. Others will insist that I am crazy. I have come to believe that the true insanity is doing nothing. As long as we sit in comfort, turning a blind eye to the injustices of the world, nothing will change. It is even worse to play an active part, protesting all along that I am not the true criminal.

I was only a foot soldier, and am now a low level clerk. However, I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down...

Sincerely,

Brandon M. Toy
Stryker Engineering Project Management
General Dynamics Land Systems
Sterling Heights, Michigan

 

Everybody in my church loves this song...

The Last Letter

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care...

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole...



That main guitar riff is killer!
Perfect for the minute of NOW.
Volume up means 8 -> 10
 TerryS wrote:


Holey bat's ears tumaman, you be right!
 
Thank you!  This song is really fantastic...

 
 RobMartin wrote:

We find the people of our dreams
We find that they're not what they seem
I've learned that people come and go
I've learned that families break and grow
Toy soldiers brave away those tears
Toy soldiers hope for better years
Today I strike out on my own...

  Carbon Leaf's wordsmith knows how to pen some lines, huh? 'The War was in Color' is another one of their great lyrical efforts.


 whtahtefcuk wrote:
I am not sure way... but I HATE Celtic music... headphones off.
 
Funny , but never heard this at any of the Celts games
 romeotuma wrote:


Great holy ears this song is fantastic!
 
 

Holey bat's ears tumaman, you be right!
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
I am not sure way... but I HATE Celtic music... headphones off.
 
You Must have posted this in the wrong window.
I am not sure way... but I HATE Celtic music... headphones off.


Great holy ears this song is fantastic!
 
I thought this was Psychedelic Furs when I first heard it.
I like Celtic!
Earthy....I like it!!!!


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 Byronape wrote:
It's like Big Country meets Dropkick Murphys.
 

{#Yes}
 EssexTex wrote:
Daft..with all it's "Diddly oh" bollox....
 
Heh. For me, the "hi-diddley-o" chorus raised it from 7->8.



Hell yes...  this is great...

 

We find the people of our dreams
We find that they're not what they seem
I've learned that people come and go
I've learned that families break and grow
Toy soldiers brave away those tears
Toy soldiers hope for better years
Today I strike out on my own...


Bla, Hum Drum, Forgettable {#Naughty}
It's like Big Country meets Dropkick Murphys.
 fredriley wrote:

Big Country meets Steeleye Span with a hint of Chieftains. Hmm. Could grow on one.

 
With a little Bob Mould? Maybe I'm crazy...{#Shifty}

The first time I've heard Carbon Leaf and liked it. I'll have to give them another try...
I'm going to have to try and see these guys in person!

{#Dance}

Follow this with Belly's Gepetto


Very cool...  love it...


now THIS is more of a Monday Morning Song.....  starting to wake up now!

Hi diddly ho, diddily hey! 
More Carbon Leaf, please!
 peter_james_bond wrote:
Big Countryish. I like it.

 
Big Country meets Steeleye Span with a hint of Chieftains. Hmm. Could grow on one.

Daft..with all it's "Diddly oh" bollox....
 lmic wrote:

...with Billy Joe Armstrong on vocals. :) I like it, too.

 
I'm down, by all accounts...

 peter_james_bond wrote:
Big Countryish. I like it.
 
...with Billy Joe Armstrong on vocals. :) I like it, too.

Definitely caught my ear.
Big Countryish. I like it.

Nice.
This song was the "hook" which began my love for Carbon Leaf. Thanks RP!