O What A Price We Paid

Won't be too long before the 75th anniversary of D-Day rolls around. This song is the sound track of a new video that honors the veterans of D-Day, especially at Omaha Beach where it was a long and terrible day and where "grown men were crying for their mothers, others were crying out to God."  Inspired by the opening sequences of Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"

O What A Price We Paid
Words and Music by Larry Wilson

 

Verse 1:
The sound of the surf was the signal that our boat ride was nearly done
I lost by breakfast on the guy next to me at the thought of facing those guns.
Next came the sound of banging bullets  on the front of the boat
The hopes I had of the day being easy went up in smoke
   
Verse 2
We landed hard on the beach/ then that front door fell
I was lucky to be in the back of the boat because my buddies up front caught hell
Tracers were ripping through three men at a time
I scrambled and jumped into the water sure I was gonna die

Chorus:
We were young and scared but we answered our country’s call
And O what a price we paid
We did what we were sent to do, no matter what the cost
O what a price we paid

 

Verse 3
Above the beach concrete boxes were belching dreadful death
Had to cross 200 yards of hell on earth or breathe my last breath

Grown men/ were crying for their mothers others were crying out to God
It takes a lot of blood to turn the ocean red but I swear that’s  what I saw

I zigged, I zagged, I ran like hell and somehow death defied
When I got to the top of the hill, I broke down and cried.

Chorus
We were young and scared but we answered our country’s call
And O what a price we paid
We did what we were sent to do, no matter what the cost
O what a price we paid

 

Verse 4 
Since that day I survived I’ve tried to live a good life
To honor the men who on that day made the maximum sacrifice
Now no one wants to listen to my story anymore
So I spend my days in this place just trying to stay warm

Chorus
Now we’re old and we live with our bodies in decline
But I’m proud of what we’ve done
And as a grateful nation says goodbye to one old man at a time,
I hope you appreciate the price the price we paid

O What A Price We Paid - Larry Wilson
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by Larry Wilson Music