Cannon Fodder

from Lucid Dreams LP by Letters From Traffic

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Cannon Fodder is dedicated to my close friend, Blaine, and all those who have struggled with memories of fighting and death in war.


Drop of blood
Drop of water
Bodies in boxes
Every one a son or daughter
Packed in a frigid hold
Along with a letter
Price of assurance, ma'am
The situation is getting better

Still these questions haunt my brain
What was paid for? What's been gained?
What's the worth of these bodies buried in the earth?
And what's the cost to those who still remain?

Can you separate the stone cold from the boy
Once they've cut him high and tight and trained him to destroy?
Can you separate the soldier from the gun
Once he's found the fight inside and used his life to kill someone?
Is his pain the same as his father's was before?
Handed down through generations from every father who's gone to war?
War . . .

Still these questions haunt my brain
Ghosts from the battlefield my will cannot contain
Who decides what's worth risking my brother for?
When will we learn to stop marching brothers off to war?

Drop of blood
Drop of water
Bodies in boxes
Every one just cannon fodder
Refrigerated cargo
Bound for the states
Drape a flag across the face
But still the soul escapes

Another son
Another daughter
Another battlefield
Everyone just cannon fodder


from Lucid Dreams LP, released August 1, 2009




Letters From Traffic Seattle, Washington

Letters From Traffic is a Seven-Piece Seattle Rock and Soul Phenomenon featuring soul-sweetened vocals, fresh horns, hot guitars, kickass grooves, and life-shaking lyrics. Original songs layer trumpet, trombone, saxophone, vocal-harmony, lead & rhythm guitars, bass and drums. Contagiously moveable, inspiringly anthemic, or just dirty and fun, Letters From Traffic is always quality, always true. ... more

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