Redemption (Bothari's Song)

c 2002, lyrics by Joyce Whitlock, music by David Rood

What am I today? A soldier in green.
Saluting my superior when you come on the scene.
For you I am a soldier,
For you I am a man,
For you I'm bound by duty,
And by my oath I'll stand.

But despite the simple answers,
And the image that you see,
The riddle remains, I cannot explain:
What am I for me?

What am I today? A monster for your bed.
Inflicting pain and sorrow until sanity has fled.
For you I am a monster,
For you I am a beast,
For you I maim and torture,
With bright eyes for the feast.

But despite the simple answers,
And the image that you see,
The riddle remains, I cannot explain:
What am I for me?

What am I today? A hero at your command.
Slaying all your enemies by my crimson hands.
For you I am a hero,
For you I have no fear,
For you I have the honor
To defend what you hold dear.

But despite the simple answers,
And the image that you see,
The riddle remains, I cannot explain:
What am I for me?

What am I today? A watchdog for your son.
I'll be there to protect him from himself and everyone.
For him I'll be a guardian,
For him I'll be a friend,
For him I'll never waver;
All my vigilence I'll lend.

But despite the simple answers,
And the image that he'll see,
The riddle remains, I cannot explain:
What am I for me?

What am I today? A father to this child.
Her shining eyes so unafraid, clean and undefiled.
For her I'll be a father,
I'll make sure her future's bright,
And make sure that I give her
All that's proper and that's right.

But despite the simple answers,
And the image that she'll see,
The riddle remains, I cannot explain:
What am I for me?

What am I today? A penitent returned
To my crime, the guilty deed, for which my heart has burned.
Now I'll break my silence,
Now the truth I'll tell
Now I'll have the courage
To bid you my farewell.

There are no simple answers
To the duty that I see.
The riddle is done, here's what I've become-
Here's what I am for me:

[spoken]
Lady, you are still beautiful.

 

 

 

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Last revision: 2/11/2002

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