Stan RidgwayCamouflage

I was a PFC on a search patrol huntin' Charlie down It was in the jungle wars of '65 My weapon jammed and I got stuck way out and all alone And I could hear the enemy movin' in close outside Just then I heard a twig snap and I grabbed my empty gun And I dug in scared while I counted down my fate And then a big marine, a giant with a pair of friendly eyes Appeared there at my shoulder and said wait When he came in close beside me he said, "Don't worry, son, I'm here, If Charlie wants to tangle now he'll have two to dodge." I said, "Well thanks a lot." I told him my name and asked him his And he said, "The boys just call me Camouflage." Whoa Camouflage Things are never quite the way they seem Whoa Camoufalge I was awfully glad to see this big marine Well I was gonna ask him where he came from When we heard the bullets fly Coming through the brush And all around our ears It was then I saw this big Marine light a fire in his eye And it was strange but suddenly I forgot my fears Well, we fought all night side by side we took our battle stance And I wondered how the bullets missed this man 'Cause they seemed to go right through him As if he wasn't there And in the mornin' we both took a chance and ran And it was near the river bank when the ambush came on top of us And I'd thought it was the end and we were had Then a bullet with my name on it came buzzin' through a bush And that big marine he just swatted it with his hand Just like it was a fly Whoa Camouflage Things are never quite the way they seem Whoa Camouflage This was an awfully strange Marine And I knew there was something weird about him 'Cause when I turned around he was pullin' a big palm tree Right up out of the ground And swattin' those Charlies with it from here to Kingdom Come When he led me out of danger I saw my camp and waved goodbye He just winked at me from the jungle and then was gone And when I got back to my HQ, I told 'em about my night And the battle I'd spent with a big marine named Camouflage When I said his name a soldier gulped And a medic took my arm And led me to a green tent on the right He said, "You may be tellin' the truth boy, But this here is Camouflage, And he's been right here since he passed away last night." In fact, he's been here all week long But before he went he said, "Semper Fi," And said his only wish Was to save a young marine caught in a barrage So here, take his dog tag, son, I know he'd want you to have it now." And we both said a prayer for a big marine named Camouflage Whoa Camouflage Things are never quite the way they seem Whoa Camouflage This was an awfully big marine So next time you're in a jungle fight And you feel the presence near Or hear a voice that in your mind will lie Just be thankful that you're not alone And you got some company From a big Marine the boys called Camouflage Whoa Camouflage Things are never quite the way they seem Whoa Camouflage This was an awfully big Marine Whoa Camouflage Things are never quite the way they seem Whoa Camouflage This was an awfully big Marine
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