After the War

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about

Rory wrote this song in honor of a good friend who served in Afghanistan with the United States Marine Corps (and so, by proxy, this song is in honor of all the men and women who have served in some branch of America's armed forces). In it, Rory walks away from typical patriotic / battle imagery to focus on the confusion, difficulty, and struggle that veterans often face when returning hope and trying to relearn, essentially, their lives. This involves new routines, often different skills, attempting to mend or restart relationships, and sometimes a great deal of uncertainty about the future, especially for those who aren't economically well-off or those who struggle with PTSD.

This song says: thank you for what you have done, and I hope you find emotional resonance with this portrait of a soldier who finds that life at home is in some ways more challenging than life on the battlefield.

lyrics

Tell me how far I've come
Tell me again how I have learned the things that I've learned
Walk beside me, hear the words I say
And what I don't say, and what I might say in my sleep
Pick me up as I try to pick myself up
I remember who I am most of the time
I find that I live inside all of those words I couldn't say
And that I'll never get to say to them
No, I'll never get to say

Can't get around it
The things that came before
I used to believe it
I used to be so sure
I just want to find it
Life after the war
Please won't you tell me
What all this pain was for

The things that I must fight against now
Are not the same things I once trained for
Astride the barrel of a gun and
I'm not sure if it's pointing at me or pointing the other way
but do you remember when I said

Can't get around it
The things that came before
I used to believe it
I used to be so sure
I just want to find it
Life after the war
Please won't you tell me
What all this pain was for

And I wonder sometimes
What is it that makes you so sure
I would give it all away
To find life after the war

credits

from I Still Find Hope, released November 24, 2014

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Rory Tyer Band Chicago, Illinois

Rory Tyer Band is based in Chicago, IL. They play acoustic-centric rock.

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