we are hailed as heroes
expecting wives turn into widows
faces covered in shadows
all full of sorrow

countrymen are eager
expecting acclaim and honor
faces brighter than ever
all are filled with fervor

we experience and inflict pain
all the innocents we have slain
tolerate acts that are inhumane
courage we have to feign

our sanity crumble
from this experience we tremble
the sight so unbearable
we are all in shambles

And so we kill
all for the name of good will
but there was no free will
the truth our leaders have to spill

We come back hated
this we have dreaded
the cold waters we have tread
have all been doubted

I experienced what I wanted
and I received hatred.