Dory Previn – The Veterans' Big Parade Lyrics

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In the veterans big parade
Marched the businessmen's brigade
While behind the high school band
The ladies fife and drum corps played
In the veterans big parade
The flag flew high and free

Down they marched to Fourth and Main
Our soldiers died but not in vain
God was with us, that's for sure
He proved it cause it didn't rain
Balloons, batons, you wanted to cry:
The best day in July!

At the veterans cemetery
Then the services were said
There the Mayor's first assistant
Wiped his glasses, put them on and read

"We're gathered here, dear friends, today
To show our brave boys where they lay
We are with them all the way
And I think it's safe to say
They are not alone
They are not alone."

All the widows proudly smiled
Except for one with an infant child
Picnic time was then announced
And all the little kids went wild
Picnic blankets then were spread
And the beer flowed fast and free

There were clams and corn on the cob
To feed the celebrating mob
Once in a while I don't know why
The infant child began to sob
Other than that is was New Year's Eve
Till it was time to leave

Then a fine Hawaiian band
Played and sang "Aloha Oh"

And their voices drifted low
Between the crosses painted white
Row on row on row


Aloha Oh, and so goodbye
Till next year, boys, next July
We are with you all the way
And I think it's safe to say
You are not alone
You are not alone
You are not alone

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