This weekend I had the wonderful pleasure of attending Anastasia Music Festival in St. Augustine, FL. One of my favorite acts there was Mandolin Orange. They were entertaining, witty and very good musicians. While they had numerous original songs that were very good, this one really moved me – to tears actually. I thought I’d share it.

Brave men fall with a battle cry
Tears fill the eyes of their loved ones and their brothers in arms
So it went, for Joseph Warren

It should have been different, it could have been easy
His rank could have saved him, but a country unborn needs bravery
And it spread like wildfire

Wildfire
Wildfire

From the ashes grew sweet liberty
Like the seeds of the pines when the forest burns
They open up, grow and burn again

It should have been different, it could have been easy
But too much money rolled in to ever end slavery
The cry for war spread like wildfire

Wildfire
Wildfire

(instrumental)

Civil war came, civil war went
Brother fought brother, the south was spent
But its true demise was hatred, passed down through the years

It should have been different, it could have been easy
But pride has a way of holding too firm to history
And it burns like wildfire

Wildfire
Wildfire

(instrumental)

I was born a southern son
In a small southern town where the rebels run wild
They beat their chest and they swear: we’re gonna rise again

It should have been different, it could have been easy
The day that old Warren died, hate should have gone with it
But here we are, caught in the wildfire

Wildfire
Wildfire

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