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Ballad to August


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My 23rd song, progressive rock tune. Inspired by the 60th anniversary of dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Ballad to August

(Written August 17, 2005

By Mike R. Smale

© 2005)

It was just another summer's day,

On a morning barely roused.

Children went off to play

Under a sky painted by angels.

We can finish it quickly they said.

Too many of our boys

Are coming home dead.

If we use this new toy of ours.

What have we brought to this world now?

An instrument of sin.

We burned away our innocence,

So that a war we could win.

A new device of pain and sorrow,

What have we brought to the world

Of tomorrow?

It was just another summer's day,

Slaughtered in the flash.

Air became fire; men became ash,

The sky painted in the blood we have shed.

What have we brought to this world now?

An instrument of sin.

We burned away our innocence,

So that a war we could win.

A new device of pain and sorrow,

What have we brought to the world

Of tomorrow?

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