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​The Boy I Left Behind

This song is by John Parr and appears on the album The Mission (2012).

Sixty four
Every pretty girl was knockin' at your door
Do you remember
Do you remember

My baby on the open road
Elvis on the radio
Do you remember
Do you remember

I remember the day my papers came
Son you're goin' to Vietnam
Time to chase the boy away
Time to be a man

For you
The boy I left behind
For you
A thousand tears these eyes have cried
Sometimes it's like a memory
Sometimes it's just a dream
I'm staring' in the mirror
I don't recognize who I see
For you
The boy I left behind
For you
For you

Drive-in movie picture shows
Skinny dipping' rock n' roll
Do you remember
Do you remember

Parked down at Inspiration Point
We shared our dreams
And shared a joint
Do you remember
Do you remember

I dream of me and Mary
Makin' sweet love on the sand
Then a voice comes on the radio
Said good mornin' Vietnam

For you
The boy I left behind
For you
A thousand tears these eyes have cried
Ashamed to wear this uniform
They spat in our face
What's the use in comin' home
With no comin' home parade

For you
The boy we left behind

We're finally comin' home
Soldiers done our time
Nobody there to shake our hand
No autograph to sign

For you
The boys we left behind
For you
A thousand tears these eyes have cried

Age shall never weary them
Nor the years condemn
At sunset and at daybreak
We will remember them

For you
The boys we left behind
For you
A thousand tears these eyes have cried
For you

The boys we left behind