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Barry Fetterolf / Darden Smith
Vocals: Barry Fetterolf

Barely 19 years old
I got the letter in the mail
I was too naive for Canada
Too scared to go to jail

We lived in the projects
South of the city
Those letters came to most of us
The college boys got pity

Choices gone
Choices gone
Choices gone

Took basic in Fort Bragg
They put us up in shacks
Left over from our father’s war
We were proud of that

Choices gone
Choices gone
Tell me where have all the years went, should be moving on

Choices gone
Choices gone
Choices gone

I did my year in Vietnam,
Like most of us would do
Politicians’ sons and rich kids
Had better things to do

Choices gone
Choices gone
Choices gone

Just wasn’t right to send us there
And set us up to lose
Young men should not be sacrificed
You ought to get to choose

After all these years it bothers me
The memories and the shame
Like we need another war song
To toss around the blame

'Cause 45 years later,
I’m still carrying the shame
Of what I did and what I saw…

Choices gone
Choices gone
Choices gone

© 2016 Darden Smith Music / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)


from SW​​​:​​​S Retreat - May 2016, released July 14, 2016


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