The Grave

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Don McLean

Donald "Don" McLean (born October 2, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter. He is most famous for the 1971 album American Pie, containing the renowned songs "American Pie" and "Vincent". more »

The grave that they dug him had flowers  Gathered from the hillsides in bright summer colors 
And the brown earth bleached white
At the edge of his gravestone 
He's gone

When the wars of our nation did beckon 
The man, barely twenty, did answer the calling  Proud of the trust 
That he placed in our nation 
He's gone

But eternity knows him
And it knows what we've done

And the rain fell like pearls 
On the leaves of the flowers  Leaving brown, muddy clay
 Where the earth had been dry

And deep in the trench 
He waited for hours 
As he held to his rifle 
And prayed not to die

But the silence of night 
Was shattered by fire
As the guns and grenades  Blasted sharp through the air

One after another
His comrades were slaughtered 
In the morgue of marines 
Alone, standing there

He crouched ever lower 
Ever lower, with fear
â??They can't let me die
They can't let me die here!

I'll cover myself
With the mud and the earth 
I'll cover myself
I know I'm not brave!

The earth, the earth 
The earth is my grave.â??

The grave that they dug him had flowers  Gathered from the hillsides in bright summer colors 
And the brown earth bleached white
At the edge of his gravestone 
He's gone

Written by: DON MCLEAN

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The Grave