Unbroken

Album: Bon Jovi: 2020 (2019)
  • I was born to be of service
    Basic training felt like home
    I had honor, I found purpose
    Sir, yes, sir, that's what I know
    They sent us to a place
    I'd never heard of weeks before
    When you're 19, it ain't hard to sleep
    In the desert on God's floor

    Close your eyes, stop counting sheep
    You ain't in prison anymore

    We were taught to shoot our rifles
    Men and women side by side
    Thought we'd be met as liberators
    In a thousand-year-old fight
    I got this painful ringing in my ear
    From an IED last night
    But no lead-lined Humvee war machine
    Could save my sergeant's life

    Three more soldiers, six civilians
    Need these words to come out right

    God of mercy, God of light
    Save your children from this life
    Hear these words, this humble plea
    For I have seen the suffering
    And with this prayer I'm hoping
    That we can be unbroken

    It's eighteen months now I've been back now
    With this medal on my chest
    But there are things I can't remember
    And there are things I won't forget
    I lie awake at night
    With dreams the devil shouldn't see
    I wanna scream but I can't breathe
    And, Christ, I'm sweating through these sheets

    Where's my brothers? Where's my country?
    Where's my how-things-used-to-be?

    God of mercy, God of light
    Save your children from this life
    Hear these words, this humble plea
    For I have seen the suffering
    And with this prayer I'm hoping
    That we can be unbroken

    My service dog's done more for me
    Than the medication would
    There ain't no angel that's coming to save me
    But even if they could

    Today twenty-two will die from suicide
    Just like yesterday, they're gone
    I live my life for each tomorrow
    So their memories will live on
    Once we were boys and we were strangers
    Now we're brothers and we're men
    Someday you'll ask me "Was it worth it
    To be of service in the end?"

    Well, the blessing and the curse is
    Yeah, I'll do it all again Writer/s: Jon Bon Jovi
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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