An Anthem for the Coming Years: Battle Born

PJ Lifestyle is quiet today. We have a grim, nauseous writers block, at least for light pieces. Today we reassess, adjust. I took a walk to clear my head. I've been writing about The Killers, so had most of their album in my 'recently played' playlist. I had planned a short post at my place about the patriotic anthem, "Battle Born," but after yesterday I find the song holds more fire than I thought. Whether you like the sound of indie rock or not, read the lyrics:

You lost faith in the human spirit

You walk around like a ghost

Your star-spangled heart

Took a train for the coast

When you shine you're a hilltop mansion

So how'd you lose the light?

Was it blown by the wind

In the still of the night?

I always saw you as a kind of keeper

A mother to a child

But your boys have grown soft

And your girls have gone wild

From the Blue Ridge to the Black Hills

To the Redwood sky

The season may pass

But the dream doesn't die

Now don't you drop the ball

Up against the wall

There's something dying on the street

When they knock you down

You're gonna get back on your feet

Cause you can't stop now

When they break your heart

When they cause your soul to mourn

Remember what I said

Boy, you was battle born

When the night falls on the land

Are you haunted by the sound?

It's gonna take more than a hand

To turn this thing around

Won't you lean it on me?

Rescue, set me free

Up against the wall

There's something dying on the street

When they knock you down

You're gonna get back on your feet

Cause you can't stop now

Did they break your heart?

And did they cause your soul to mourn?

Remember what I said

Boy, you was battle born

Cause you can't stop now

Come on show your face

Come on give us one more spark

Sing a song of fire

Lest we fall into the dark

Cause you can't stop now

You never know

If you never learn

You never shine

If you never burn

The rising tide

The undertow

The venom and

The overflow

The turn away

The welcome home