1945

John's father was a preacher
Who taught him Thou shalt not kill
But when the draft notice came in August
Father pronounced it as God's will

He boot camped in Mississippi
Not far from New Orleans
They drilled him and they trained him
And marched him straight into the sea

Just knowing she was waiting
Helped him to survive
And when he came close to dying
Helped him stay alive
Now he's coming home - it's 1945

John met her on his furlough
His brother was going out with her best friend
She took him home to meet her parents
John asked if he could see her again

First date was to the movies
Drove her home to say goodbye to the family
She promised she would write him
When he shipped out for overseas

Just knowing she was waiting
Helped him to survive
And when he came close to dying
Helped him stay alive
Now he's coming home - it's 1945

He got wounded south of Paris
In the summer of '44
They patched him up in England
Sent him back to the war

He remembers the day it ended
But he can't recall the place
He took her picture from his helmet
And just stared into her face

Just knowing she was waiting
Helped him to survive
And when he came close to dying
Helped him to survive
Now he's coming home - it's 1945
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