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Fortunes of War
Fish

Rosebuds scattered across the lawn like the squares at Waterloo
With bayonets of thorns repelling small children in search of lost tennis balls
Imaginary cannonballs that were fired at the legs of galloping cavalry
Resting their dreams in the shade of the apple trees
Toy soldiers drunk on warm lemonade
And the children dream of glory and Fortunes of War
Safe in bed with stories of Fortunes of War, Fortunes of War

As the sun sets low on these playing fields
An army returns bearing swords and shields
Dustbin lids and raspberry canes they'll live to fight another day
For warriors medals, milk bottle tops
Battle flags fashioned from mother's old table cloths
Bright colours run in the summer rain

Sometimes when they fall they will pretend that their hankie is a bandage to stop the bleeding
And imagine city streets and desert storms and foreign fields
There's bullets flying, these are the Fortunes of War

I heard a wheelchair whisper across a stale, stagnant gymnasium
Trailing an ivy league jacket like a matador
Through the jitterbug steps of the night before
I followed him down to the church parade
Where he makes his peace every armistice day
I watched him fade away, melt in the autumn rain

For sometimes when they fall they can't pretend
That the hankie is a bandage that can't stop the bleeding
They're out in city streets and desert storms or foreign fields
With bullets flying, these are the Fortunes of War
While their children dream of glory and Fortunes of War
Safe in bed with stories and Fortunes of War
Of uniforms and glory, Fortunes of War, Fortunes of War

(Dick/Cassidy/Boult)


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  3D   A Gentleman's Excuse Me   A Gentleman's Excuse Me   A Soldiers Story (Pilgrim's Address)   Angel Face   Another Murder Of A Day   Apeman   Arc Of The Curve   Assassing   Bandwagon   Beaujolais Day   Big Wedge   Big Wedge [DVD]   Bitter Suite   Black Canal   Black Canal [*]   Black Cannal   Blind Curve   Boston Tea Party   Boston Tea Party [1995 Re-Recording with the Sensa...   Boston Tea Party [1995 Studio Re-recording]   Bouncing Around The Room   Brother 52   Brother 52 [DVD]   Carnival Man   Change of Heart   Charting The Single   Chasing Miss Pretty   Chelsea Monday   Childhood's End?   Childhood's End?   Cinderella Search   Circle Line   Cliché   Cliché   Cliche   Clock Moves Sideways   Company   Credo   Dancing In Fog   Dear Friend   Devastante   Do Not Walk Outside This Area   Dove Stiamo Andando   Emerald Lies   Emperor's Song   Emperor's Song   Entra Nel Club   Exile on Princes Street   Exit Wound   Exit Wound   Fa Brutto   Faith Healer   Family Business   Family Business [1990 Original Recording]   Favourite Stranger   Favourite Stranger [1995 Re-recording]   Fearless   Five Years   Flower Of Scotland   Forgotten Sons   Forgotten Sons [Multimedia Track]   Fortunes of War [Single Field]   Freaks   Fugazi   Garden Party   Going Under   Goldfish & Clowns   Goldfish and Clowns   Grendel   Grossa   Grossa [Edit][Instrumental]   He Knows You Know   Heart Of Lothian   Heart of Lothian [Multimedia Track]   Hold your Head up   Hotel Hobbies   Hotel Hobbies   I Know What I Like   I Know What I Like (in your wardrobe)   Incommunicado   Incomplete   Incubus   Incubus [1995 Re-recording]   Innocent Party   Innocent Party   Institution Waltz   Internal Exile   Internal Exile [*]   Jack And Jill   Jeepster   Jigsaw   Jumpsuit City   Jungle Ride   Just For The Record   Just Good Friends   Just Good Friends (Close)   Kayleigh   Kayleigh [1995 Studio Re-recording]   Kayleigh [Multimedia Track]   Kayleigh [Multimedia Track]   Lady Let It Lie   Lady Let It Lie [DVD]   Lady Nina   Lavender   Lavender [1995 Studio Re-recording]   Long Cold Day   Lords Of The Backstage   Lords of the Backstage [Multimedia Track]   Lucky   Market Square Heroes   Mission Statement   Mission Statement   Moving Targets   MR 1470   Mr. 1470   No Dummy   Numbers   Obligatory Ballad   Obligatory Ballad   Old Crow   Openwater   Our Smile   Out of My Life   Out of My Life [*]   Out Of My Mind   Parting Of The Ways   Perception of Johnny Punter   Pipeline   Pipeline [1994 Original Recording]   Plague of Ghosts   Poet's Moon   Poet's Moon   Pseudo Silk Kimono   Punch And Judy   Punch and Judy [1995 Studio Re-recording]   Question   Raw Meat   Resta Ancora   Rites of Passage   Roadhouse Blues   Say it with Flowers   Say It With Pride   Scandalo Al Sole   Scattering Crows   Scotland By Our Side   Script For A Jesters Tear   Sei Tu Quello Che Voglio   Senorita   Shadowplay   Shadows on the Barley   Shattering Crows (Still Time)   She Chameleon   Shortcut To Somewhere   Shot The Craw   Silent Night 9/11   Slainte Mhath   So Fellini   Solo   Solo [1993 Original Recording]   Sombody Special   Somebody Special   Somebody Special [1995 Studio Re-recording]   Something in the Air   Square Go   State of Mind   State of Mind [Album Version]   Story from a Thin Wall   Sugar Mice   Sunset Hill   Sunsets on Empire   Tara   Tara   That Time Of The Night   The Company   The Company [1990 Original Recording]   The Field   The Last Straw   The Lost Plot   The Perception of Johnny Punter   The Rookie   The Voyeur   The Voyeur (I Like to Watch)   The Voyeur (I Like To Watch)   The Web   Three Boats Down From The Candy   Tic-Tac-Toe   Tiki 4   Tilted Cross   Tongues   Tongues [1991 Original Recording]   Torch Song   Tu Mi Porti Su   Tumbledown   Tumbledown   Tux On   View from a Hill   View From the Hill   Vigil   Vigil [DVD]   Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors   Voice in the Crowd   Voyeur (I Like to Watch)   Warm Wet Circles   Waterhole   Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)   What Colour Is God   What Colour is God?   Whiplash   White Feather   White Feather [Multimedia Track]   White Russian   Worm in a Bottle   Zoo Class

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