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Thread #47339   Message #705295
Posted By: Sorcha
06-May-02 - 01:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Big Battle (Johnny Cash)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE BIG BATTLE (Johnny Cash)
THE BIG BATTLE
Words and music by Johnny Cash
As recorded by Johnny Cash on "Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash" (1963)

“I think, sir, the battle is over,” and the young soldier lay down his gun.
“I’m tired of running for cover. I’m certain the battle is done.
For see over there where we fought them, it’s quiet for they’ve all gone away.
All left is the dead and the dying, the blue lying ‘longside the gray.”

“So you think the battle is over, and you even lay down your gun.
You carelessly rise from your cover, for you think the battle is done.
Now, boy, hit the dirt; listen to me, for I’m still the one in command.
Get flat on the ground here beside me, and lay your ear hard to the sand.

“Can you hear the deafening rumble? Can you feel the trembling ground?
It’s not just the horses and wagons that make such a deafening sound.
For ev'ry shot fired had an echo, and every man killed wanted life.
There lies your friend Jim McKenny. Can you take the news to his wife?

“No, son, the battle’s not over. The battle has only begun.
The rest of the battle will cover the part that has blackened the sun.
The fight yet to come's not with cannon, nor will the fight be hand to hand.
No one will regroup the forces. No charge will a general command.

“The battle will rage in the bosom of mother and sweetheart and wife.
Brother and sister and daughter will grieve for the rest of their life.
Now, go ahead; rise from your cover. Be thankful that God let you live.
Go fight the rest of the battle for those who gave all they could give.”

“I see, sir. The battle’s not over. The battle has only begun.
The rest of the battle will cover this part that has blackened the sun.
For though there’s no sound of the cannon, and though there’s no smoke in the sky,
I’m droppin' the gun and the saber and ready for battle am I.”