Child of Mine

Boots, camouflage suits,
Hold your rifle tightly.
Look at the sun
So like another one,
Child of mine.

Eighteen today, let me say
I will always love you.
Let me hold you
Glad I told you
Child of mine.
You were my joy
My baby boy,
To me, always but a baby,
I suffered the pain
When you were slain,
Child of mine.
Let me hold you
Glad I told you,
Child of mine.

When they say, the war is over,
Politicians getting bolder,
Grand designs, plans for peace,
I'll pack your schoolbag,
Shine your shoes
Better hurry, don't be late,
Look back to wave
When you reach the gate.
My sorrow my joy
My little boy,
Come to me now
Let me hold you,
Glad I told you,
Child of mine.

With thanks to the people of Wootton Bassett,
For always being there.