Where Duty Calls

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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. more »


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In a room in Lebanon 
They silently slept 
They were dreaming crazy dreams 
In foreign alphabet 
Lucky young boys 
Cross on the main 
The driver was approaching 
The American zone 
The waving of hands 
The tiniest train 
They never dreamed 
They'd never wake again 

Voice of the Swarm 
We follow we fall 
Some kneel for priests 
Some wail at walls 
Flag on a match head 
God or the law 
And they'll all go together 
Where duty calls 

United children 
Child of Iran 
Parallel prayers 
Baseball Koran 
I'll protect Mama 
I'll lie awake 
I'll die for Allah 
In a holy war 
I'll be a ranger 
I'll guard the streams 
I'll be a soldier 
A sleeping Marine 


In the heart of the ancient 
Ali smiles 
In the soul of the desert 
The sun blooms 
Into the glare of all out little wars 
Who pray to return to salute 
The coming and dying of the moon 
Oh sleeping sun 

Assassin in prayer 
Laid a compass deep 
Exploding dawn 
And himself as well 
Their eyes for his eyes 
Their breath for his breath 
All to his end 

And a room in Lebanon 
Dust of scenes 
Erase and blend 
May the blanket of Kings 
Cover them and him 

Forgive them Father 
They know not what they do 
From the vast portals 
Of their consciousness 
They're calling to you

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