Shavo Getso

I traveled down the rolling hills
Across the fetid plains
Across rolling desert sands
That nearly dashed my brains
In rags and dust and grime and shit I walked down to the sea
My forefathers were all farmers
But there’s vagabond in me

My name is Shavo Getso
I like to get around
By foot by train by boat by plane
I go from town to town
I pray by star and candlelight
But I’m still a goddamned man!
And I don’t know where I’m goin’
Cause I haven’t got a plan!

I arrived in great New York
With nothing to my name
But I had to flee that place
With so much fear and pain
The whores they nearly killed me
And the whiskey was too strong
So I went into the army
Where I knew I’d get along

My name is Shavo Getso
I like to get around
By foot by train by boat by plane
I go from town to town
I pray by star and candlelight
But I’m still a goddamned man!
And I don’t know where I’m goin’
Cause I haven’t got a plan!

That trench was fucking hell for me
I saw so many slain
The mud went on forever
And the bullets fell like rain
Though I clawed to stay alive
And prayed away my sins
A dirty Flanders cannon-shell
Damn nearly did me in

My name is Shavo Getso
I like to get around
By foot by train by boat by plane
I go from town to town
I pray by star and candlelight
But I’m still a goddamned man!
And I don’t know where I’m goin’
Cause I haven’t got a plan!

Now I lay en route back home
With nothing to my name
No friends or loves to call my own
I’ll never be the same
I cry out each and every night
For no more a man I’ll be
Never to roam the near and far
That shell stole both my knees

Oh my name is Shavo Getso
I’ll no more tramp around
I’ll never see the world again
Wish I was in the ground
I pray to God here every night
And I’m still a goddamned man
I don’t know if He’s listening
But I hope this ain’t His plan…

[…]

As I lay in the medic ward
Pleading for my death
I met a girl with lips of gold
And I quite impressive… heft
I never thought I’d ever meet
A woman so divine
No more I’ll need my first two legs
My third one works just fine

Ah my name is Shavo Getso
I’ll no more tramp around
Never again will I see the world
But I think I’ll stick around
I pray by star and candlelight
No more a god-damned man
The Lord, he stole my fucking knees
But for her I’ll fuckin’ stand

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