His open eyes At first light We see An echo of his mothers smile
At her breast His sister pressed Outside The sun begins to warm the ancient tile
They came that day, hollow men Agents of a god they could not know A mile above, distant eyes Miss desperate pleas that pictures could not show The morning falling
A shackle snaps Beneath cold wings Below The shepherd is pulled toward home
The shadow falls A falcon calls Below His world becomes a mountain of stone
They came that day, empty men Agents of a god they'll never know High above, those eyes See what seems to be on screens that glow The morning falling
His eyes can see But his mind can't hold What he has seen The absence of the lives they used to live
A world away The trigger is pulled And here there is no reason to forgive
Writer/s: David Crosby, James Raymond
Publisher: Wixen Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
Mark from Los Angeles, CaThis is a hauntingly beautiful song and a damning indictment of our government's short-sighted anti-terrorism campaign. By attacking innocent civilians with unmanned drones, we're not only engaging in conduct that's equally reprehensible to the madness we claim to be fighting, but we all but guarantee the creation of a new generation of anti-American zealots in troubled lands abroad.
Mark from Los Angeles, CaCroz introduced this song at one of the five sold-out shows he recently did at the Troubadour in Los Angeles by saying it was likely to get him in trouble with the U.S. government, but, as he pointed out, that was nothing new. He explained that the song grew out of a conversation he'd had with his son, James Raymond. Croz had a picture in his mind of an Afghan family raising goats and barely getting by. The family was eventually visited by a group of Taliban soldiers who tried to recruit them, but they refused to join because it took all their energy just to survive and tend to their small herd. Miles overhead, American drones were tracking the Taliban recruiters, and, not knowing anything of the family's refusal, the agents responsible for the drones used them to unleash a vicious attack on the poor family below.