The Real Me

Gibson Girl By Gibson Girl, 22nd May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Poetry

I discovered a fact that during the Civil War, women in the North would often disguise themselves as men, so that they could join the Union and fight. This is the lyric to the song that I came up with.

The Real Me

The sky is blue
Just like my uniform
I'm marching off today
To go fight the boys in grey

I take my orders
From General US Grant
He says that we'll have victory
As soon as we reach Tennessee

I've got a rifle on my shoulder
A knapsack on my back
And a secret stuffed inside this wool and leather issue cap
What they don't know will never hurt them
And I will never let them see
The real me

Across the miles
I'll prove that I have grit
I'll fight just like a man
Earn the callouses on my hands

I miss my family
But I don't dare to write
I couldn't think of the words to say
It's best they think I ran away

I've got a rifle on my shoulder
A knapsack on my back
And a secret stuffed inside this wool and leather issue cap
What they don't know will never hurt them
And I will never let them see
The real me

I aimed my weapon
I took my shot
From across the battlefield I saw him drop
Crawled over to him
To get a better look
The truth stared up at me
And that was all it took

His eyes were blue
Just like my uniform
I watched him slip away
This boy all dressed in grey

I've grown tired of fighting
I've seen my share of pain
It doesn't make sense anymore
Ain't nothing civil about this war

I got a rifle on my shoulder
A knapsack on my back
And my hair spillin' out of this wool and leather issue cap
I'm through with carryin' this secret
They won't believe it when they see
The real me

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Civil War, Union Army

Meet the author

author avatar Gibson Girl
I am a singer/songwriter based out of Nashville, TN. Most of my writing will focus on the craft of songwriting in today's commercial market.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd May 2013 (#)

Written with real feeling, thank you. Let us bid adieu now to wars and violence as they kill mostly the innocents. We can fight for peace with much lesser cost - siva

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author avatar Gibson Girl
23rd May 2013 (#)

Thank you, Siva... I cannot agree more! Best wishes to you in all your endeavors

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