Collateral Damage

04:29
Partners 'n Crime
09/13/2015
Tapia Corel

Story

Collateral Damage is a plaintive, pathos-filled ballad about living with someone with PTSD, who has been changed by war, and is no longer the person you remember.  Yet, he is still 'family' and while you try to make the best of it, the toll it takes on your psyche, pride and quality of life is deafening.

It is written from personal experience and meant to shed light on the question "Why doesn't she just leave?" which is never easy to answer. 

Lyrics

Collateral Damage

Tapia Corel -2009

 

People often wonder, why  I put up  with your flak

Your drinkin’and your meanness, when you fall into vat

Of misery and loneliness, a cast-off from the war

I recall another time when life held so much more

 

And you used to be  good,  used to be so kind

When others were in need of help, you weren’t hard to find

And you could hold your shoulders wide.  Face into the wind|

But most of all: You used to be my friend

 

When we first walked together, and charted our new path

We took a vow for better, and laughter that would last

 And with each child we cherished, and welcomed to our world

Your manly pride beamed from inside, for our boy and girl

 

When you used to be good, used to be so kind

When others were in need of help,  you weren’t hard to find

And you could give your family dreams, that seemed to have no end

But most of all: You used to be our friend

 

Tonight you’re lost in dreams of what might have been

If you woulda, coulda, shoulda, found the time

To face your demons squarely, instead of hiding in|

Four quarts of beer, and countless shots of Early Times

 

And late at night I wonder, how I got into this mess

A quagmire of a marriage, filled with loneliness

My friends all see a siphon, who’s bound to bleed me dry 

Who sucks me dry of joy and pride, pretending that he  tries,             

 

But he used to be good, used to be so kind

When others were in need of help, He wasn’t hard to find

And he could give his family dreams, that seemed to have no end

But most of all,

He used to be our friend

Yeah, most of all,                               

He used to be our friend

 

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