The Grave

Album: American Pie (1971)
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  • The grave that they dug him had flowers
    Gathered from the hillsides in bright summer colors
    And the brown earth bleached white
    At the edge of his gravestone
    He's gone

    When the wars of our nation did beckon
    The man, barely twenty, did answer the calling
    Proud of the trust
    That he placed in our nation
    He's gone

    But eternity knows him
    And it knows what we've done

    And the rain fell like pearls
    On the leaves of the flowers
    Leaving brown, muddy clay
    Where the earth had been dry

    And deep in the trench
    He waited for hours
    As he held to his rifle
    And prayed not to die

    But the silence of night
    Was shattered by fire
    As the guns and grenades
    Blasted sharp through the air

    One after another
    His comrades were slaughtered
    In the morgue of marines
    Alone, standing there

    He crouched ever lower
    Ever lower, with fear
    â??They can't let me die
    They can't let me die here!

    I'll cover myself
    With the mud and the earth
    I'll cover myself
    I know I'm not brave!

    The earth, the earth
    The earth is my grave.â??

    The grave that they dug him had flowers
    Gathered from the hillsides in bright summer colors
    And the brown earth bleached white
    At the edge of his gravestone
    He's gone Writer/s: DON MCLEAN
    Publisher: Capitol CMG Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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