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    "Welcome Home" Lyrics

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    "Welcome Home"
    -Eric Bogle

    Now when the boys came home, Annie cried and Annie cheered
    She'd been on her own for a long and lonely year
    Living for his letters from far away Vietnam
    And dreading the official telegram

    So she was waiting at the station when his train came rolling in
    She ached with anticipation of holding him again
    And suddenly he was standing there in his crumpled uniform
    In a heartbeat she was in his arms

    Welcome home, boys, welcome home
    Don't you know, you've been gone too long
    Did you wonder, over there,
    when you were tired, when you were scared,
    If your country really cared, welcome home

    When a nation goes to war, everyone's a casualty
    Some are maimed and scarred, most have wounds you cannot see
    So in place of the man that she had known,
    Annie found instead, a sick and troubled stranger in her bed

    But she was stubborn, she was lovin', so she stayed all through the years
    The hard times and the drinking, the nightmares and the tears
    For where hate is muddy quicksand, love is tempered steel
    Annie waited for his wounds to heal

    Welcome home, boys, welcome home
    Don't you know, you've been gone too long
    We're just so glad that you're alive
    And only you will wonder why
    You lived when others died, welcome home

    So on a sunny Sydney morning, I heard old war drums beat
    and watched the boys come marching, down the city street*
    To claim their place in the nation's heart
    that their blood and pain had earned
    A nation that rejoiced in their return

    And if the day helped to heal some wounds is a matter of debate
    For some it had come none too soon, for others far too late
    But I found myself hoping, as the boys went marching past
    That for them the war was over, at last

    Welcome home, boys, welcome home
    Don't you know, you've been gone too long
    What you went through in Vietnam, we can't begin to understand
    But to each and every man, welcome home

    Welcome home, boys, welcome home
    Don't you know, you've been gone too long
    May the years bring you release, as the memories decrease
    May you find some kind of peace, welcome home
    May you find some kind of peace, welcome home

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    NOTES:
    ANZAC Day Parade. ANZAC Day is Australia's version of
    Memorial Day in the US and Canada
    This song was submitted on February 14th, 2011 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS, Peermusic Publishing.
    Written by Eric Bogle.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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