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Song title: Souls of the departed


Souls of the departed

On the road to Basra stood young Lieutenant Jimmy Bly
Detailed to go through the clothes of the soldiers who died
At night in dreams he sees their souls rise
Like dark geese into the Oklahoma skies

Well this is a prayer for the souls of the departed
Those who’ve gone and left their babies brokenhearted
This is a prayer for the souls of the departed

Now Raphael Rodriguez was just seven years old
Shot down in a schoolyard by some East Compton Cholos
His mamma cried “My beautiful boy is dead”
In the hills the self-made men just sighed and shook their heads

This is a prayer for the souls of the departed
Those who’ve gone and left their babies brokenhearted
Young lives over before they got started
This is a prayer for the souls of the departed

Tonight as I tuck my own son in bed
All I can think of is what if it would’ve been him instead
I want to build me a wall so high nothing can burn it down
Right here on my own piece of dirty ground

Now I ply my trade in the land of king dollar
Where you get paid and your silence passes as honor
And all the hatred and dirty little lies
Been written off the books and into decent men’s eyes

Notes: In the HT tour, often bridged with great effect with Born in the USA


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 15/06/1992 The Globe, Stockholm ,Sweden
Last known live performance: 27/04/2008 Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Charlotte,NC ,USA

Song 'history':


Published on LUCKY TOWN, in 1992.
Widely used in the Human Touch tour, as it was performed 93 times
In the Ghost of Tom Joad tour, the song was only practiced (08/11/1996 St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold,NJ ,USA, during the soundcheck.) but never played in the regular set.
Not much used during the Rising tour, deserving only 4 renderings
Played during the 'Double Take' shows in 2002
Played during the Vote For Change tour, in October 2004.
One only rendering for this song in the Magic tour (27/04/2008 Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Charlotte,NC ,USA)

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
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