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"General" Lyrics

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Bang Bang [2000]   track 3
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There was a decorated general with a heart of gold
That likened him to all the stories he told
Of past battles won and lost
And legends of old
A seasoned veteran in his own time
On the battlefield he gained respectful fame
With many medals of bravery and stripes to his name
He grew a beard as soon as he could
To cover the scars on his face
And always urged his men on

But on the eve of great battle with the infantry in dream
The old general tossed in his sleep
And wrestled with its meaning
He awoke from the night to tell what he had seen
And walked slowly out of his tent

All the men held tall with their chests in the air
With a courage in their blood
And a fire in their stare
It was a grey morning and they all wondered how they would fare
'Til the old general told them to go home

He said,
"I have seen the others
And I have discovered
That this fight is not worth fighting
And I've seen their mothers
And I will no other
To follow me where I'm going.
So take a shower and shine your shoes
You've got no time to lose
You are young men, you must be living
Take a shower and shine your shoes
You've got no time to lose
You are young men, you must be living
Go now, you are forgiven."

Yeah...

But the men stood fast with their guns on their shoulders
Not knowing what to do with the contradicting orders
The general said he would do his own duty
But he would extend it no further
The men could go as they pleased
But not a man moved
Their eyes gazed straight ahead
'Til one by one they stepped back and not a word was said
The old general was left with his own words
Echoing in his head
He then prepared to fight

He said,
"I have seen the others
And I have discovered
That this fight is not worth fighting
No, and I've seen their mothers
And I will no other to follow me where I'm going
So take a shower and shine your shoes
You've got no time to lose
You are young men, you must be living
Take a shower and shine your shoes
You've got no time to lose
You are young men, you must be living
Go now, you are forgiven."

Yeah...

Go now, you are forgiven
Go now, you are forgiven
Go now, you are forgiven
Go

Go now, you are forgiven
Go now, you are forgiven
Go now, you are forgiven
Go oh

Go now, you are forgiven
Go now, you are forgiven
Go now, you got to be, got to be, got to be, got to be, got to be, yeah
  • submitted by Bill
  • corrected by Laeken on June 21st, 2005

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     emileepaige says:
    Like 015-04-2007 05:04
     
    Amazing song. I love it.
     RensNewamp says:
    Like 003-06-2006 08:42
     

    I defenitly like this song. It may not be their best, but I think it has a great guitar in it (don't know how you call it )

    Rens
     Horsegrl22 says:
    Like 008-01-2006 02:14
     
    omg yes DISPATCH IS THE BEST!!! i wish i was at their last concert SO BAD but i live so far away... this is definatly a great song and i have the DVD of their last concert where Chad messed up the verse but i still think he is AWESOME! they rock my sox! I LUV YOU DISPATCH!
    Like 021-08-2005 05:09
     
    Probably not their best but its definetly up there.. even as one of the greatest songs of all time
    Like 022-03-2005 04:04
     
    i love this song the first time i heard it this kid in my youth group was playing it on the guitar and then i heard it and fell in love with Dispatch!!
     rachv12 says:
    Like 026-01-2005 20:40
     
    I reallly dont agree with everyone who's saying that this is the "best dispatch song". i will admit it's a great song with a cool story...but it's not their best in my opinion. it's so unlike their other songs in the way that it has no symbolic meaning, it's very straight forward.
     delicatefew says:
    Like 030-11-2004 11:19
     
    Im in the All Points Bulletin a lot in the summerville concert cause i was front row! It was amazing. The last dispatch was awesome too but nothing compares to somerville! Actually a lot of my friends are in it too. You look at the front row and majority of the time itll be one of my friends or me.
     jeterfan545 says:
    Like 025-11-2004 04:13
     
    PUSSSSSSSSYYYYYYYY
    RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
    HAHA FUCK YOU ALL
    Like 011-11-2004 22:39
     
    hey--omg i was at the last dispatch and it was soooooooooooooo awesome i am the die hard fan. They're the only band i listen to other than state radio and stuff. the general at the last show was mind boggling. chad had a brain fart in the middle and started singing the wrong verse. i've met all three of them but i'm good friends with Brad. hes so cool and down to earth.

    dispatch was really struggling at the end and it tells all about it in the documentary due out this spring. you can see the last concert on the DVD/2 CD set that just came out called ALL POINTS BULLETIN. in prince of spades you can kindof see me in the back. look for a person whose in a black tank-top above the crowd (i was standing on a chair)

    peace and positivity--brita
     Linds222 says:
    Like 024-10-2004 18:59
     
    What a song , what a band ...too bad they broke up ..i really love them...Dispatch's music is so chill...it always puts me in a good mood...

    your young man you must be livin...go now you forgivin...
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