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                                  MORTAR AND STONE
 
                        On a cold mountain top    in a far away land
                                   My first foreign home since birth
                        Out of Herzo Base  in nineteen fifty-nine
                        I was assigned to the hill Schneeberg
 
                        Souls bonded there       side by side
                        In a mission we all knew well
                        We sat our positions    side by side
                        On top of that old cold hill  
 
                        Shadow and Teddy   on guard at the gate
                        In the ops building we'd just smile
                        Our DF was an old steering wheel
                        And the tuners had a telephone dial
 
              It was   only   mortar and stone
              But that pile of rubble used to be our home
              To us     it had a soul of it's own
              Now it's gone      but our memories live on            
 
                         Above the clouds   on an island of trees
                         The morning sun starts it's rise
                         To burn off the fog and the overnight freeze 
                         That happened during Mids last night
 
                         Those hours in the dark-watch'n twitch'n green lights 
                         Listening in the cans for a sign
                         Trying to stay awake    on long quiet nights
                         Those were the best of times
 
                         I was working on that hill   when they built the wall
                         Separating East from West
                         And that fateful day when Jack Kennedy died
                         We all felt the same inside
 
             It was  only   mortar and stone
             But that pile of rubble used to be our home
             To us   it had a soul of it's own
             And it's gone     but the memories live on
 
                        Cafe Stoll       in Wunsiedel
                        And the Post in Bischofsgruen
                        And the Red Ox     in Oberroeslau
                        Places I'll never forget
 
                        In Bischofsgruen at the Post we learned
                        Gemutlichkeit and good cheer
                        And the best of friends were always earned
                        While hoisting mugs of bier
 
                        I met my wife  -  changed my life
                        While working on that old cold hill
                        I'll never forget  -  in all my life
                        Those memories that linger still
 
             It was   only mortar and stone
             But that pile of rubble used to be our home
             And to us   it had a soul of it's own
             Now it's gone     but our memories live on
 
                        Did they realize      our history died
                        When they took it all down that day
                        Those who worked there side by side
                        Will never forget that day
 
                        It's a day of mourning - for Schneeberg vets
                        Who remember yesterday
                        A day in September  we'll never forget            
                        Our past now swept away
 
                        Our memories       and our photographs
                        And the stories we could tell
                        We end them now with an epitaph
                        For that home we loved so well
 
             It was  only  mortar and stone
             But that pile of rubble    used to be our home
             To us    it had a soul of it's own
             Now it's gone     but the memories live on     
 

                       
 
                       Lyrics & Music - Rick Wheeler
                       Guitar and Vocals  Rick Wheeler
                       Lead Guitar & Bass  Anthony Gerogosian
                       Drums  Anthony Gerogosian
                       Video Production  Phil Ward
 
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