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Dispatch - General Lyrics

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TitleGeneral
ArtistDispatch
AlbumBang Bang [2000], Track 3
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Duration00:04:03
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Song lyrics
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 21th, 2005

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 Song comments
0 likes - like | 15-04-2007 05:04 emileepaige 
emileepaige
 
6 posts
Amazing song. I love it.
0 likes - like | 03-06-2006 08:42 RensNewamp 
RensNewamp
 
9 posts

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
0 likes - like | 08-01-2006 02:14 Horsegrl22 
Horsegrl22
 
15 posts
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!
0 likes - like | 21-08-2005 05:09 DispatchRocks 
DispatchRocks
 
6 posts
Probably not their best but its definetly up there.. even as one of the greatest songs of all time
0 likes - like | 22-03-2005 04:04 bobmarlylover 
bobmarlylover
 
6 posts
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!!
0 likes - like | 26-01-2005 20:40 rachv12 
rachv12
 
28 posts
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.
0 likes - like | 30-11-2004 11:19 delicatefew 
delicatefew
 
95 posts
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.
0 likes - like | 25-11-2004 04:13 jeterfan545 
jeterfan545
 
92 posts
PUSSSSSSSSYYYYYYYY
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
HAHA FUCK YOU ALL
0 likes - like | 11-11-2004 22:39 dispatch131XHD 
dispatch131XHD
 
5 posts
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
0 likes - like | 24-10-2004 18:59 Linds222 
Linds222
 
19 posts
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...
0 likes - like | 18-09-2004 00:49 ColetteBoylan 
ColetteBoylan
 
46 posts
I ADORE THIS SONG. I can just picture miguel and I in the science room together singing,
" Take a shower, shine your shoes, you got no time to lose you're a young man you must be livin'". Horrible, Horrible thing it is that they broke up. Best band alive I'd say and best song this is
0 likes - like | 01-09-2004 02:14 HCDispatchFan 
HCDispatchFan
 
16 posts
this song is such an amazing song...dispatch has such an impact on my life. im so pissed i didnt listen to them earlier... my brother was always pestering me to listen to them...and i finally did, i was amazed and dumbfounded. i havent stopped listening to them since. i really hope dispatch can keep it together and keep jammin. im gonna miss not having songs to sit in the back of my brothers truck with the band jammin and watching the sunset . spred the word about these guys, maybe they will finally see what they are. I LOVE YOU DISPATCH!

~joe
0 likes - like | 15-08-2004 05:13 DispatchedbySA 
DispatchedbySA
 
2 posts
the general is the opitomy of the anty war message that is going to be most effective in the years to come. It symbolizes the turning of the tides and the evoloution of a soldier into a man because while any man can be a soldier not all soldiers can be men and none can be more than cold blooded mercanaries without some just and noble cause. This is a great song but as a message to those of you who know this song and only this song by dispatch get the rest of there stuff its all brilliant. we pay hommage
cheers guys
0 likes - like | 05-08-2004 20:58 coolblue282 
coolblue282
 
5 posts
this song is really hard to learn how to play, but once you do, its an awesome song to show off i love this song, its one of my favorites!
0 likes - like | 03-08-2004 04:17 mrs_morrison 
mrs_morrison
 
5 posts
that it is!!!
0 likes - like | 02-08-2004 18:43 jiggylovesyou 
jiggylovesyou
 
222 posts
duuude this song kicks ass. i love dispatch, its a shame they broke up my friend got to go to their last farewell show. lucky little bitch. lol yea this song is awesome.
0 likes - like | 02-08-2004 17:48 dashboard5 
dashboard5
 
1,489 posts
great song..it is catchy
0 likes - like | 02-08-2004 17:47 delicatefew 
delicatefew
 
95 posts
Yeah Chads the Man. The Song is sick
0 likes - like | 02-08-2004 07:34 mrs_morrison 
mrs_morrison
 
5 posts
muahah decided to start a discussion about this song ....well b/c it deserves discussing....my thoughts are that it can be quite addicting...it has a good rhythem and the lead singer has a very soothing voice ....any opinions??