Where the Bullet Went Through

by John Dowling

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I wrote this song for my uncle Ken Armstrong who was shot near the Belgium border in 1944. Though the bullet went right through his chest he not only survived but returned to duty to see the war through to the end.


Where The Bullet Went Through

My dearest sisters
How are you doing in Wisconsin
It's freezing here in England
But it's colder in France

By now you've got a telegram
So you know I took a bad hit
I thought I'd fill you in a bit
While I've got this chance

We landed in the second wave
Across the beaches of Omaha
It was still plenty hot
It was the real show

We headed up the hard way
The hedgerows of Normandy
We broke through anyway
Past Saint Lo

Challenge at a road block bridge
Shadows in the night
He stood ten feet away
When I saw the flash of light

Sent lead through my left lung
But no blood spilled out on me
I rose to my feet
And bled internally

I'd have my doubts
If I were you
But I've got the scars
Where the bullet went through

Field hospital surgery
The doctors all agreed
A luckier S.O.B.
Never was born

Should have had a ticket home
But there's trouble in the Ardennes
So I'm heading back in again
Come tomorrow morn

To tell the honest truth
We're scared right through our bones
But what else can you do
Except keep pushing on

So please don't worry now
I won't be burdening
Just know I think of you
And don't tell mom a thing

I'd have my doubts
If I were you
But I've got the scars
Where the bullet went through

My uncle's voice from history
From a solid a man
One who got knocked down
And got back up again

Never looked for glory
Lord he never cared for rank
But I know what he did
This song is my thanks

I'd have my doubts
If I were you
But I've seen the scars
Where the bullet went through


released July 15, 2016


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John Dowling Dalkeith, Ontario

A rural renaissance man wringing musical tales and tractor poetry out of the swamps and forests of Glengarry Ontario

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