Lyrics Wake Up Call

Veteran’s Day
Words and music by Michael Veitch ©2004 (p)2017
Burt Street Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved
This is to all who find themselves
Not playing on the old school yard
But running for their lives and not much else
To the drumming of their own desperate hearts
To the drumming of their own desperate hearts
And it’s blood and bullets now on our minds
The times they haven’t changed that much
Come a day we’ll honor all those who have died
And remember the less fortunate ones
Remember the less fortunate ones
Chorus:
Let us pray as the day goes dark
White gloves, polish and flowers in the park
March the main streets and the boulevards
On a Veteran’s Day, on a Veteran’s Day.
As new rains fall on our holy house
The biggest rains I’ve ever seen
A wild blue wind whipping burning red clouds
And the crazy white lightening in between
The crazy white lightening in between
Chorus
Bridge: The sky tries smiling, painted up
Dry leaves flying, I can’t stop
Wishing a rainbow
Before the last flood washes over us
To leave us here to lie or swim
Let’s all join together and celebrate
And remember all that could have been
Remember all that could have been
Chorus

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Pledging Allegiance
Words and music Michael Veitch ©2000 (p) 2017
Burt Street Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved
There used to be an American Dream
We were all born to be free
And live on the set of a Hollywood screen
Pledging allegiance
Everybody driving a Cadillac
Making a beeline to Las Vegas and back
With all our chips in a great big stack
Pledging Allegiance
Take a long walk through a company town
On what used to be solid ground
Where nobody was ever gonna get sized down
Pledging allegiance
When all those dollars they headed south
Taking the food right out of the baby’s mouths
Down in Mexico they don’t complain as loud
Pledging allegiance
Bridge:
We can send a man to walk upon the Moon
We can march him down the street to push a broom
We can give him a gun and teach him how to shoot, we teach him to shoot
One hundred and thirty will fry an egg
And it will take the skin right off of your legs
But the sidewalk is still the place to beg
Pledging allegiance
Between the lines of those stars and stripes
The fine print says that we have some rights
To a steam grate on the coldest night
Pledging allegiance, pledging allegiance

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Voices of the Old Days
Words and music Michael Veitch ©(p)2017 Burt Street Music (BMI)
All Rights Reserved
1945-it’s a long time gone
But not forgotten, we know its name
To all who died, or who barely survived
It’s not easy stopping a runaway train
Once a year we fall to our knees and pray
For every lost soul on the first of May
That’s when love finally found a way
Back from the edge of the devil’s flame
Chorus:
Voices of the old days
Their stories live on in the shadows and the rain
Voices of the old days
Still much to teach us
And much to explain
Who knows where that great pain, it finally goes?
You just have to trust your sorrow
As candles burn through the night in the snow
Melting their way down to the ash below
Chorus:
Voices of the old days
Their stories live on in the dust and the bone
Voices of the old days
Walk their weary paths of flowers and stone
Hear the echos in the miles between
We’ve been a long time traveling
Be glad to be here, or anywhere at all
And hope this world won’t come unraveling
Chorus 1

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White Rose
Words and music Michael Veitch ©(p)2017 Burt Street Music (BMI)
Words by White Rose/ Public Domain
Somebody has to make a start
Somebody had to face the smiling beast
They know the war, the war was lost
Have the courage now to speak
Chorus:
White Rose, White Rose
She said I have to go away
White Rose, White Rose
On such a fine, fine, sunny day
And with the hand that moves the cradle
Standing up to the mighty might
And in one’s heart it’s to be noble
Face the beast while shattering the night
Chorus
Millions of Roses falling from the sky
A paper rain while the whole world cried
No stopping even one single child
Who believes…
Somebody had to make a start
And so many now believe it
Freiheit, es lebe die freiheit
A long stem clenched in our teeth
chorus

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Happy Fourth of July
Words and Music Michael Veitch ©(p) 2017 Burt Street Music(BMI)
All Rights Reserved
What happened to the easy that we all understood?
America’s true heart, peace and all that’s good?
There used to be reasons to believe in a dream
But they shot him in Dallas
They shot him in Memphis
They shot him in LA
What happened to the freedom where brave men once stood?
America’s future now, what becomes of you?
There used to be reasons to believe in a dream
But they shot him in New York
They shot him in DC
Now they shoot us on Main Street
Chorus:
Long may she still wave
Keep your eye on the prize
Independence Day
Happy Fourth of July
Solo
As all seems hopeless now and just when I am sure
All is lost and forgotten, washed away from our shores
Through the clouds dark and desperate shines a light so pure
No they won’t stop a river
No they won’t stop an ocean
No they won’t break a dream
chorus

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