sixteen military wives lyrics – decemberists

sixteen military wives
thirty-two softly focused brightly colored eyes,
staring at the natural tan
of thirty-two gently clenching wrinkled little hands.

seventeen company men,
out of which only twelve will make it back again.
sergeant sent a letter to five
military wives, as tears drip down from ten little eyes.

cheer them on to their rivals…

cause america can, and america can’t say no
and america does, if america says it’s so…
it’s so

and the anchorperson on tv goes…
la de da de da

fifteen celebrity mimds,
leading their fifteen sorted wretched checkered lives.
will they find the solution in time
using their fifteen pristine moderate liberal minds?

eighteen academy chairs
out of which only seven really even care,
doling out a garment to five
celebrity mimds, they’re humbly taken by surprise.

cheer them on to their rivals…

cause america can, and america can’t say no
and america does, if america says it’s so…
it’s so

and the anchorperson on tv goes…
la de da de da de-dadedade-daa
la de da de da de-dadedade-daaa

fourteen cannibal kings
wondering blithely what the dinner bell will bring.
fifteen celebrity mimds
served on a leafy bed of sixteen military wives.

cheer them on to their rivals…

cause america can, and america can’t say no
and america does, if america says it’s so…
it’s so

and the anchorperson on tv goes…
la de da de da de-dadedade-daa
la de da de da de-dadedade-daa
la de da de da de-dadedade
da de da de da de-dadedade
da de da de da de-dadedade-daaa

/ decemberists lyrics