No Bravery
James Blunt Lyrics


There are children standing here
Arms outstretched and to the sky
Tears drying on their face
He has been here
Brothers lie in shallow graves
Fathers lost without a trace
A nation blind to their disgrace
Since he's been here

And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
Only sadness

Houses burnt beyond repair
The smell of death is in the air
A woman weeping in despair says
He has been here
Tracer lighting up the sky
It's another family's turn to die
A child afraid to even cry out says
He has been here

And I see no bravery (no bravery)
No bravery (no bravery)
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And i see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness

There are children standing here
Arms outstretched and to the sky
But no one asks the question why
He has been here
Old men kneel to except their fate
Wives and daughters cut and raped
A generation drenched in hate says
he has been here

And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore

Anymore
Anymore
Anymore

And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
Only sadness

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Written by: JAMES BLOUNT

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Angel Lightning

@Branimir Čukić

Whoosh ... The point of a generation blind to their disgrace and a nation drenched in hate describes you perfectly. Ever stop to wonder what's the main cataclysm of the Balkan war and holocaust of 1990's ?

Slovenia was bad according to Serbia

Croatia was bad according to Serbia

Bosnia was bad according to Serbia

Macedonia couldn't make it with you either

Kosovo was bad according to Serbia

Heck even Montenegro couldn't make it with Serbia and now Vojvodina wants to secede too.

America is bad according to Serbia, Germany and England are bad too ... Yet one common denominator here. Who is good for Serbia accept "mother Russia" which you really don't love them either just use them as a get out of jail free card ...

But than why should we be surprised about the Serbian atrocity when you all send your own flesh and blood the most innocent amongst you, your own children, to those torture camps known as asylum. Because those kids are born with birth defects, down syndrome therefore are a shame to the family so you get rid of them sending them to be slowly tortured until the die ...



215dagby

Meggie personally, I see no virtue to be found in complete pacifism. It is an easy refuge for the pretentious coward. Gandhi himself recognized this: the unwillingness of someone to take action to defend themselves is contemptible. “Cowardice is impotence worse than violence. The coward desires revenge but being afraid to die, he looks to others, maybe to the government of the day, to do the work of defense for him. A coward is less than a man. He does not deserve to be a member of a society of men and women.”

I joined before the Iraqi invasion. 9-11 happened right after my graduation. I took a few months to live some life for myself before signing up for what could reasonably have been my death. Do forgive me, but I could not bare to tolerate witnessing an encore to that macabre spectacle.

Iraq happened though. It wasn’t in the plans. I made the best of the situation. It was really nothing at all like anything broadcasted to the idiot boxes all around the world. The TVs only offer a pinhole glimpse at the reality, and a twisted glimpse at that. An ABC reporter came out with us at one point, and admitted to our Lieutenant his intentions of twisting the reality of his story. His narrative being that the ING and IPs have the situation under control. No. They did not at that point. The LT was quite upset. That was around 2004-2005. It was far from under control.

A great deal of the violence there wasn’t even directed at us, but rather other Iraqis. I saw way more dead Iraqis killed by Iraqis than anything. Suicide bombers attacking non-military targets, and weird random neighbor-on-neighbor kidnappings and beheadings. We would try to go after the culprits with mixed success.

The ignorant draw a comparison to Vietnam but it’s clear to me that they’ve never looked too closely at either war. They share only superficial similarities. Westmoreland’s metric of success was body count. There was no such pressure to kill in Iraq. Brass wasn’t harping and pushing for dead bodies. Tactics quite conductive to collateral damage such as recon by fire were not employed. There wasn’t necessarily an impetus to seek and destroy in the manner of Vietnam where success was measured on corpses. Success was measured on seizing munitions and weapons from the folks running around the place trying to kill people. Success was measured in eliminating their fighting capacity.

People picture those folks as sort of a reverse Wolverines from the movie Red Dawn, fighting nobly against a foreign occupier, and that’s just total fucking nonsense. The sectarian and terrorist violence was some of the worst shit I’ve seen. I remember sitting around on my off time and a call came down for volunteers to go to the aid station. I showed up, and about 30 Iraqis were there, all burned and maimed up to various degrees. I spent that day bandaging up little Iraqi kids. Victims of some suicide bomber asshole.

I believe it was 2005. I had a little glimmer of hope. We spent a whole week providing security for their elections. There was legitimate concern about voter intimidation, and we did see a deal of violence during the elections, but for the most part it seemed to go well. Iraq seemed to be heading towards stabilization.

That hope got dashed in 06, and I was flying my merry ass straight to the Triangle of Death during what would become the bloodiest epoch of the war. It seems that ABC reporter was full of shit. The Iraqi forces had absolutely nothing under control. As frustrated as I was with the condition of Iraq, we managed to stabilize the Triangle of Death.
https://www.usip.org/publications/2017/08/iraqs-former-triangle-death-decade-stability

https://www.usip.org/press/2017/06/usip-honors-army-10th-mtn-division-unit-iraq-peacemaking

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.army.mil/article-amp/196662/commando_soldiers_reflect_on_historic_10th_mountain_deployment_to_iraqs_triangle_of_death

Personally, I have no regrets for anything that I’ve done myself. My actions have lead to some good for many people. Overall, Iraq was a disaster and I question our presence. Saddam was awful. Terrible. I got thanked by some Iraqis. I met some who had returned home after Saddam’s removal. I look at things like LTC Karen Kwiatkowski, and what she has said about intelligence in the Pentagon sculpting intel to form the WMD narrative, and that has made me really wary of processed intel being fed to the president. Just like the fourth estate fibbers, they can craft whatever sort of story they want people to believe. That’s a dangerous thing. I remember folks bitching about Trump wanting raw, unprocessed intel, and thinking to myself, “Have you folks already forgotten what landed us in Iraq?”

Two great military minds shape my view on war. Those two being Sun Tzu and William Tecumseh Sherman. The beginning portions to “The Art Of War” are quite a warning against war. “There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.” “Contributing to maintain an army at a distance causes the people to be impoverished.” “In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” “This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end. It is all folly, madness, a crime against civilization! You people speak so lightly of war; you don't know what you're talking about. War is a terrible thing!” “War is the remedy our enemies have chosen. Other simple remedies were within their choice. You know it and they know it, but they wanted war, and I say let us give them all they want; not a word of argument, not a sign of let up, no cave in till we are whipped or they are.” “It is only those who have not heard a shot, nor heard the shrills & groans of the wounded & lacerated (friend or foe) that cry aloud for more blood & more vengeance, more desolation...” “I’ve been where you are now and I know just how you feel. It’s entirely natural that there should beat in the breast of every one of you a hope and desire that some day you can use the skill you have acquired here.
Suppress it! You don’t know the horrible aspects of war. I’ve been through two wars and I know. I’ve seen cities and homes in ashes. I’ve seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I tell you, war is Hell!”

I don’t think it gets much more anti-war than that. It’s a mess. It ought to be avoided if possible, but if someone brings it upon you, tucking tail shouldn’t be an option for any self-respecting person.



Drops2cents

+Meggie
> but why did you fought in Iraq when you’re against war?
Disclaimer (kind of): Please don't take my answer the wrong way. I definitely don't intend to be rude in a "what do you know?" way, I just want to explain possible reasons why fighting a war might be necessary sometimes.
So I hope I can answer your question; if not, please feel free to ask, debate and/or maybe disagree (that's perfectly fine, too).

Sometimes it's not enough to just be against war, but it might be necessary (or sometimes even inevitable) to take up arms to end one or prevent people from starting one in the first place.
By the way, there's an interesting video from TEDxAmsterdam in 2012, where General Peter van Uhm (the former Dutch Chief of Defence) explains his reasons why he became a soldier which might provide you with some answers, or at least interesting insights. You can watch it here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjAsM1vAhW0

Speaking from my personal experience, I served as an NCO in the Austrian Army for eight years back in the 1990ies.
I first started in 1991 as a conscript in a Gebirgsjäger (mountain infantry) batallion and left after my six months of compulsory service, only to rejoin again as a professional soldier about one year later. After two more years with the "mountaineers", I joined the paratrooper company(*) of our air assault batallion for another two years. After that, I applied for Selection for the Jagdkommando (the Austrian Special Forces unit), passed (not at all with flying colours, I have to admit, but at least "in the lower half of the top quarter", according to our instructors and the CO), and stayed with SF for the remaining four years.

Originally, I joined the army for similar reasons why people become a member of a police force: There are bad guys out there, and thus there's the need for people willing to either prevent them from harming others, or make them pay for it fair and square if they do.
And when I became an SF soldier, I do have to admit that the main reason for my application for Selection originally was very much out of a lust for adventure and being "one of the big tough fellas who can achieve anything and beat anyone" (yes, I was young, naive and quite cocky).

But soon I realised that being a member of SF was much more, that a small team of us very highly-trained professionals could be able to prevent much bigger bloodshed which happens e.g. in large battles. By training for things like, for instance, conducting long-range recce operations to provide valuable intelligence, or conducting covert sabotage raids and offensive actions against high valuable targets (not only persons, but also e.g. enemy supply installations or communications infrastructure) to possibly reduce the combat effectiveness of an enemy force or maybe even prevent an attack in the first place, which in the end would actually save lives on both sides.
That's why I didn't just stay with the long-range recce troop, but volunteered for every opportunity to attend additional training in parachuting, communications, weapons, EMT, scout/sniper and what have you. So yes, I became some kind of an "educational junkie". :-)

I also served three tours in the Balkans with IFOR, SFOR and KFOR because I wanted to make a difference.
I was part of recon operations to ensure that IFOR forces could move safely into Bosnia and do their thing (i.e. end the war and pacify the country), member of anti-sniper elements in various places to detain snipers who were terrorising the civilian population, doing reconnaissance work later on to provide intelligence for SFOR forces, extended patrol duty to detain war criminals and also took part in operations to locate and exhume mass graves like the one in Srebrenica. I wasn't part of that actual operation, though, because that happened before my time. But I've seen my share of mutilated and decomposing corpses and lost my lunch over it (or decided to postpone chow to prevent same) a few times.
In addition, I also took part in a a private initiative of an Austrian reserve NCO who works as a master-builder in civilian life which assembled a team of volunteers to rebuild a schoolhouse in a village near our camp. Just to make a difference, and because going to war isn't everything.

So, TL;DR:
"Being against war" sometimes does mean "having to fight one", or as I liked to say: "if humanity should decide to disband all armed forces because they're not needed anymore, I'd be among those who would be delighted to be out of a job; sadly, reality is different - yet".
Or, as US president Theodore Roosevelt put it: "I have always been fond of the West African proverb: Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." (BTW, Roosevelt also said "But if I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness", which I also subscribe to - partly. Partly, because that has to be taken with a huge grain of salt, because righteousness without humility, self-criticism and common sense can - and almost inevitably does - lead very quickly to people becoming self-righteous and sanctamonious, which must be avoided for obvious reasons.)


(*) Yes, our armed forces are so small indeed that we have only one company of Paras. :-)
(But we nevertheless proudly wear our maroon berets, because we are professional paratroopers and thus rightfully deserve to do so.)



Julia Jezz

There are children standing here
Arms outstretched and to the sky
Tears drying on their face
He has been here
Brothers lie in shallow graves
Fathers lost without a trace
A nation blind to their disgrace
Since he's been here
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
Only sadness
Houses burnt beyond repair
The smell of death is in the air
A woman weeping in despair says
He has been here
Tracer lighting up the sky
It's another family's turn to die
A child afraid to even cry out says
He has been here
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
Only sadness
There are children standing here
Arms outstretched and to the sky
But no one asks the question why
He has been here
Old men kneel to except their fate
Wives and daughters cut and raped
A generation drenched in hate says
he has been here
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore
Anymore, anymore, anymore
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
Only sadness



Alban.K

There are children standing here
Arms outstretched and to the sky
Tears drying on their face
He has been here
Brothers lie in shallow graves
Fathers lost without a trace
A nation blind to their disgrace
Since he's been here
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
Only sadness
Houses burnt beyond repair
The smell of death is in the air
A woman weeping in despair says
He has been here
Tracer lighting up the sky
It's another family's turn to die
A child afraid to even cry out says
He has been here
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
Only sadness
There are children standing here
Arms outstretched and to the sky
But no one asks the question why
He has been here
Old men kneel to except their fate
Wives and daughters cut and raped
A generation drenched in hate says
he has been here
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore
Anymore, anymore, anymore
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
And I see no bravery
No bravery
In your eyes anymore only sadness
Only sadness



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Nino Productions

Thank you very much James. You are a great person. Thank you. Respect From Albania...

Saul Tigh

@Nemo Moriarty no need for this at all. why be a dick in these difficu;t times? i dont get it ?

IcEBolTeYe fire

@Nemo Moriarty Stop thats No respect

Nemo Moriarty

Fuck Albania

Laura Williams

This song needs far more recognition than its received.

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Billy Law

@Laura Williams True

Bekim Jaha

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