Where Duty Calls

- Patti Smith
Released: 1996 Genres: Rock
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Lyric "Where Duty Calls"

[Verse:]
In a room in Lebanon
They silently slept
They were dreaming crazy dreams
In a 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 awake
Into the glare of all our 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

-This was written in memory of those who lost their lives in the
Destruction of the First Battalion, 8th Marine Headquarters, Beirut, October 23, 1983. Two hundred and forty-one marines, sailors, and
Soldiers on a peacekeeping mission perished with their assassin

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Patti Smith

Patti Smith

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.