God, Bless This Valley

God, Bless This Valley

God, Bless This Valley

by Chuck RitenouR

chorus:

God,bless our brothers, they were too young to die

bless our sisters for the tears that they cry

bless the families of those that were killed

God, bless this valley,its rivers and fields.

1st verse:

War came to this valley on the back of a horse

spreading fire and destruction like Hell was its source

so many men died defending our flag

now its shot full of holes like some dirty old rag.

chorus:

God,bless our brothers, they were too young to die

bless our sisters for the tears that they cry

bless the families of those that were killed

God, bless this valley,its rivers and fields.

2nd verse:

They hung Mosby's men just north of town

and an innocent farm boy, for cryin' out loud.

Now Stonewall is dead, Turner Ashby's gone too

folks round here wonderin' what we're gonna do.

chorus:

God,bless our brothers, they were too young to die

bless our sisters for the tears that they cry

bless the families of those that were killed

God, bless this valley,its rivers and fields.

3rd verse:

Now the bugle is silent, no one beats the drum.

everyone's prayin' that peace will soon come.

our foolish pride broken as sure as God's will

brought death to this valley, its rivers and fields

the end.

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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

It is sometimes awkward to look at a beautiful scenery, to find out it was a place of slaughter. Nature is so forgiving, and cover it up with flowers and new trees.

The danger is, if we forget, we will not learn from past mistakes, and may repeat them. This is why we must have our artists, like you, to convey this memories in a kind way. You have done a good job with this song.

The undertone of sadness and loneliness, caused by this war, are strong, but sensitive. You sure have a way with words.


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Chuck RitenouR 6 years ago from Front Royal, Virginia Author

equealla,

Thank you for your kind comment. This song was written about my hometown, Front Royal, Virginia. It had then as now, very strong southern sentiments. 33 members of my family fought for the south in the conflict. Not a one owned a slave. My great-great grandfather, William Joel Ritenour (18th VA CAV) lost an arm at what is now called Overall, Virginia in October of 1864. For them, it was a matter of invasion. To me, a very, very sad time in the history of our Nation, a Nation which seems to never learn its history lessons.

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