I Oppose the Troops

from Antipathy & Ideology by Brian Woodbury

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written and arranged by Brian Woodbury


V E R S E 1
I’m in awe of their devotion
Of their fearless sacrifice
Of their duty and their readiness
To pay the dearest price
Where they can summon everything
Here I can only muster up the nerve to say
I oppose the troops

V E R S E 2
I admire their commitment
To the rightness of their cause
And I understand the impulse
And the principles and laws
There is evil to be battled,
But it’s evil that no firepower will allay
I oppose the troops

B R I D G E 1
I oppose the troops
With all their codes of honor
That kind of honor is a curse
The more they try to right the world
The more they serve to make it worse

V E R S E 3
’Cause they’re not fighting for our freedom
At least not since the Civil War
Even then, half fought against it
If we’re really keeping score
Like each abandoned veteran, war is soon a
Relic from a distant time and day
I oppose the troops
I oppose the troops

B R I D G E 2
I oppose the troops
Though they don’t give the orders
They’ve got to share some of the blame
For what they line up for
And sign up for
There’d be no war if no one came

And they say it’s unrealistic
To think that war could ever cease
And yet they demand the world’s respect
To spit on any chance for peace.

V E R S E 4
So, no thank you for your service
For your protocols and ranks
Your guns, missiles, drones and warheads
To the war in our heads - no thanks
It’s all over if you want it
And it starts when every AWOL soldier gets away
I oppose the troops, etc.


from Antipathy & Ideology, released December 28, 2020
BW: vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, bass; Carmack Celestin: electric guitars; Joe Berardi: drums


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Brian Woodbury is a Los Angeles composer, lyricist and bandleader who writes musicals, post-modern jazz compositions, quirky pop, country songs and music for children's TV.

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