A Walk With My Friends

from by Hayden Skaggs

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lyrics

I walk with my friends all through the street
Women and children are staring at me
It’s as if they know what’s about to go down
And I see him standing there, with a phone in his hand
And a look on his face of a possessed man
It’s as if time moves in slow motion
A bang, and a flash, and down goes John, and I rush right to his side
I held him in my arms and I watched the life go from his eyes
I cursed and I shouted to the sky, “Why couldn’t it have been me?”
“Why did my brother have to go oh so suddenly?”

And I promise, I will live today
I just can’t go out that way
For, if I fail, all will be lost
And John; he will have died in vain

Another day, another sun is beating down on me
I walk with my friends through this endless valley
Ben turns, smiles, and gives me a thumbs up
In the distance we see a little shack, it’s not looking so good
I wish those moments could be reversed, I really wish they could
It’s as if time moves in slow motion
A crack on the air, and down goes Ben, and I rushed right to his side
I held him in my arms and I watched the life go from his eyes
“SNIPER! SNIPER! SNIPER!” I yell, as loud as can be
Why did my brother have to go, oh so suddenly

And I promise, I will live today
I just can’t go out that way
For, if I fail, all will be lost
And Ben, he will have died in vain

Only three more days til I go back to where I, I want to be
I find myself with my friends again, walking these broken streets
But my family is the only thing on my mind
I hear “Contact left!” a dozen times over the radio
Mark looks over at me and he says, “Now brother, it’s time to go!”
It’s as if time moves in slow motion
Three hits to my chest, now I go down, and Mark is by my side
He holds me in his arms, and I say, “Now brother, I don’t wanna die!”
He says, “Hold on man, now you’re gonna be fine. Now just think about your little girl.”
I say, “Get your crazy ass down my man, ‘cause you’ve gotta get me back to her.”

And I’m sorry I didn’t pull through today
I guess I was just meant to go out that way
But I didn’t fail, and all was not lost
And I promise you, I didn’t die in vain

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from Thistill EP, released July 27, 2014

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