USS Pintado

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May 16th, 1943
Pilotfish, the shark & me
leave the port that started it all
following the sonar call
The worlds bigger at this depth
where you have to pack your own breath
a crew trained away from eyes
into the dark thick she flies
we sleep in shifts and shift in wait
learn to live as one rolled fate
tight and dry in the sea
meet our pack as one we be
two weeks out the itch it kills
watch the dot sink and thrill
empty now the hunger screams
harvest is fresh away we swim

far and far and far away
everything cut from us
your eyes on this paper
and you leave us here
for all the loved ones
for all the lost ones
all this isolation
lets us take it back for you

June 6th and we're far from beach
but we've better within reach
eighty-four hundred tons to drop
torn asunder bow to prop
every ship sent to protect
can't avenge after they're wrecked
Pintado is too quick a fish
fifty depth charges but all miss

we can add each precious pound
and count for all intent we've drowned
and each fills our hope some more
we'll be the ones to end this war
the longer we're away from home
stronger grows the need to show
the sacrifices we've made
for fear what worse the world will make

other men drop from the sky
just as willing to die
to the surface we must be
we scoop them all from the sea
and take on more for the trip
new but same on this ship
more boys, more men, more aching hearts
take them to Guam and we depart

but there was no killing left to do
our last mission was saving you
and the sun was bright and bold and cruel
to men unused to the jewel
decommissioned in '46
the skin we used to inflict
the pride, the fear, the last, the hope
of a world lost in scope

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from Wikisongs, released June 28, 2008

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