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A Survival Campaign

This song is by Skyclad and appears on the album A Semblance Of Normality (2004).

(Or "A Young Mr. Polly Takes The Train")

So we lie awake and wait for dreaded and demanding dawn
Come wrest us from our safe and sleepy beds
Over by the window lie the raiment and the weapons
That we need to take into this world today

Armoured by opinion, with statistics and schoolboy's charm
We take our place amongst the rank and file
Young and proud and free, we are the gilded youth, the chosen few
The vanguard of our generation here

Marching into battle after glory in this enterprise
Like pieces on a board we're pushed around
As cannons roar and missiles fly into this melee we are thrown
We dearly learn survival has her price

Now profit is a noble cause, we're honourbound to follow on
Believing good and right are on our side
Will we be remembered in dispatches or in legends long
Will our story often be retold?

But dragons slain in PC games
Just can't assuage, your anger reigns
You struggle on in spite of all you learn
Baffled by their industry
And bold commercial wizardry
The young crusader's beaten by the game

Yet in a quiet shade of evening when I lay me down
And relive all the struggles we have made
A smile creeps cross the lace that bears
The scars of war time can't erase
I loosen up my grip and fade away

I loosen up my grip and fade away
I loosen up my grip and fade away
I loosen up my grip and fade away
I finally close my eyes and fade away

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