Hero Of The War
Scott Walker Lyrics

He's a hero of the war
All the neighborhood is talkin' 'bout your son
Mrs. Reiley get his medals
Hand them 'round to everyone
Show his gun to all the children in the street
It's too bad he can't shake hands or move his feet

He's a hero of the war
You can see his picture in the local news
Mrs. Reiley seems the girl next door is nowhere to be found
Once you couldn't keep that boy from hangin' 'round
Never mind dear, you're with your mum once more

He's a hero of the war
Like his dad he gave his life the war before
It was tragic how you almost died of pain when he was born
With no husband there beside you through it all
Ring the bell if you get hungry or you fall

You're a hero of the war
Why those teardrops on your cheek? it's so absurd
Feelin' empty it's the emptiness of heroes like your son
And what made him leave his mother for a gun
Driven forward driven back and nothing more

He's a hero of the war

Written by: SCOTT ENGEL

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Buildings On Fire

The best anti-war song ever written.

Yoshiko Cockerham

Thank you for putting up this video. This is one of the coolest songs that Scott Walker has ever made. The strong anti-war message is conveyed from this song

Jerry Weber

My stocks are suffering. We need a new war please.


Great song.....pity it is anti-war.

Anthony Mead

Totally brilliant. He had some vision this guy. With a superb way of getting it over.

Terry Eggett

Great lyrics. Scott Walker nails the truth.

Declan Stylofone

I love the way this goes with "The Old Man's Back Again", it sums up a lot of the 20th century.

Martin Be

Best songwriter ever

Flat Attack

Beautiful, sad, Jesus! We ❤️ you Scott

wellandtruly joshed

Beautiful man beautiful voice ❤️ RIP Scott 💔 My Hero 😢👏

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