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Dean was just a lanky wyoming boy
when he fell in love in idaho
he had never seen a foreign cloud
nor had he known about the freezing sky

it was 1942
he trained to bring down Jerry shooting at balloons
off to England shine your boots
one of the 91st Bombing group

ch- he learned the brevity of youth (3 x)

claustrophobic B-17
mission 71 Stuttgart Germany
their plane never stood a chance
They had to ditch 'Bomb Boogie' and bail out over France

ch- he learned the brevity of youth
the flak was rippin thru his chute
he lost one of his thermal boots
he learned the brevity of youth

a twisted leg on the Gallic soil meant mission's end
an outstretched hand with a cigarette meant to befriend
a German soldier no different in the age or face
just two young boys in the wrong time- two old men in the wrong place
two young boys in the wrong time.


Dean was just a shaken Wyoming boy
when he came back to Idaho
never spoke much of the war to his children
spared folks the horrors, he kept that to himself

ch- he kept those stories to himself
he put those memories on a shelf
he spared the family the truth
about the brevity of youth


from Fix It If You Hate It, released October 1, 2004


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The Riffbrokers Seattle, Washington

Northwest powerpop twang outfit formed 1999, Boise Idaho. Band nucleus Nick and Heather Millward moved to Seattle the following year. They've traveled the land since and released over five full length albums on their homemade label Unsmashable Records.

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