The General

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He was born in Ohio five years before me
And I came to rely on him at only fourteen
I wanted to love him unconditionally
But he wasn’t the man that I thought him to be

He forgot what it felt like to lose his home
And the land he’d worked so hard to win on his own

He lit up Atlanta just to watch it burn
I could still see the fire in his eyes when he returned
But where is the man I sent off to war
The one I’m still waiting for

On the way down to Georgia from the north to the south
Already the victor, he wouldn’t put it out
With his name in the headlines, a hero at war
He kept burning and burning all the way to the shore
And I forgot how to love him like I know I could
Cause an army of fire just can’t do any good

When he got to Savannah where the moon hung low
In the garden at midnight something got to his soul
He said hold your fire, leave this one alone
Put down your torches, move on

He won Carolina but we both paid the cost
Trying to hold on something we had already lost
Where is the man I sent off to war
The one I’m still waiting for

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from Tattoos & Bruises, released June 7, 2011
Written by Mary Bragg and Adam Levy

Published by Mary Bragg Music (ASCAP) / Lost Wax Music/UMPG (ASCAP)

Mary Bragg - vocals
Jimmy Sullivan - acoustic bass
Rich Hinman - electric guitar, pedal steel guitar
Mike Cassedy - organ
Jordan Perlson - drums

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Singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, by way of south Georgia.

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