I Keep Faith

I Keep Faith (single edit version)/Like Soldiers Do (acoustic version)

If you want to make the weather
Then you have to take the blame
If sometimes dark clouds fill the sky
And it starts to rain
And though your head may tell you
To run and hide
Listen to your heart and you’ll find me
Right by your side, because

I keep faith
I keep faith
I keep faith
I keep faith in you

If you think you have the answer
Don’t be surprised
If what you say is met with anger,
Contempt and lies
No matter how hard you may want to
Just walk away
Reach out you’ll find me there beside you
All of the way, because

All the dreams we’ve shared
I never knew no-one who cared
About these things the way that I’ve seen you
It doesn’t matter if
This all falls off the cliff
Together we are going to see it through

I know it takes a mess of courage
To go against the grain
You have to make great sacrifice
For such little gain and so much pain
And if you’re plans have come to nothing
Washed out in the rain
Let me rekindle all your hopes and
Help you start again, because

Blues eyes fighting the grey eyes fighting the tears
Armed to the teeth for a war of words
Reaching all the years
I advanced across a poppy field
I saw the gleam as you raised your shield
And love screamed down
With the sun behind its back

Our Fathers were all soldiers,
Shall we be soldiers too
Fighting and falling like soldiers do

Nothing is clear in this tactical unclear war
I can’t be bothered to find out
What we are fighting for
No one can win this war of the senses
I see no reason to drop my defences
So stand fast my emotions,
Rally round my shaking heart

Our Fathers were all soldiers,
Shall we be soldiers too
Fighting and falling like soldiers do

Blue eyes fighting the grey eyes fighting the tears
Armed to the teeth for a war of words
Reaching all the years
I advanced across a poppy field
I saw the gleam as you raised your shield
And love screamed down
With the sun behind its back
I knew once again I was under attack
So stand fast my emotions,
Rally round my shaking heart

Our Fathers were all soldiers,
Shall we be soldiers too
Fighting and falling like soldiers
Fighting and falling like soldiers
Fighting and falling like soldiers do

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