Dispatch - The General Lyrics




there was a decorated general with
a heart of gold, that likened him to
all the stories he told
of past battles, won and lost, and
legends of old a seasoned veteran in
his own time

on the battlefield, he gained
respectful fame with many medals
of bravery and stripes to his name
he grew a beard as soon as he could
to cover the scars on his face
and always urged his men on

but on the eve of a great battle
with the infantry in dream
the old general tossed in his sleep
and wrestled with its meaning
he awoke from the night
just to tell what he had seen
and walked slowly out of his tent

all the men held tall with their
chests in the air, with courage in
their blood and a fire in their stare
it was a grey morning and they all
wondered how they would fare
till the old general told them to go home

He said: I have seen the others
and I have discovered
that this fight is not worth fighting
and I've seen their mothers
and I will no other
to follow me where I'm going

So, take a shower, shine your shoes
you got no time to lose
you are young men you must be living
Take a shower, shine your shoes
you got no time to lose
you are young men you must be living
go now you are forgiven

but the men stood fast with their
guns on their shoulders not knowing
what to do with the contradicting orders
the general said he would do his own
duty but would extend it no further
the men could go as they pleased

but not a man moved, their eyes gazed straight ahead
till one by one
they stepped back and not a word was said
and the old general was left with his
own words echoing in his head
he then prepared to fight

He said: I have seen the others
and I have discovered
that this fight is not worth fighting, no
and I've seen their mothers
and I will no other
to follow me where I'm going

So, take a shower, shine your shoes
you got no time to lose
you are young men you must be living
Take a shower, shine your shoes
you got no time to lose
you are young men you must be living
go now you are forgiven

go now you are forgiven
go now you are forgiven
go now you are forgiven, go

go now you are forgiven
go now you are forgiven
go now you are forgiven, go

go now you are forgiven
go now you are forgiven
go now you are forgiven
(you got to be, got to be, got to be, got to be, got to be here)





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  1. Brandons Stuff

    Me and my dad used to listen to this all the time drivin In his beat up car he is forgiven and he went

  2. onebigholiday42

    So glad Silent Steeples got a vinyl reissue 👍👍

  3. William thee rooster

    2020, who is here?

  4. David Ebs

    2020 🥳🥳🥳🥳

  5. JayLyn Ellis

    2020 💜💜

  6. The Roadside Writer

    3:21 is the PERFECT inspiration for writing the redemption arc of a character who is truly repentant.

  7. oddfutureplaylist

    Does anyone remember this song in a ipod touch game? It was probably around 2010 and was similar to gta

  8. Phillip Lyons

    All who disliked, I’m coming for you, ya heartless pampered shits.

  9. Ryan Holcomb

    I listened to this while taking a shit

  10. Scott Engle

    You awesome

  11. Tyler Davis

    Only 1M views? How? This is a national treasure

  12. o0ThatOneGirl0o

    I'm 14 and I have to say , I thank my parents for showing me great music . This song is definitely brings back early memorys

  13. Hakeem Canonio

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-nwfAhODa0
    Check this live cover

  14. Tumble Weed

    "go now you are forgiven"

  15. finalgirl11

    I completely forgot about this song omg

  16. Garden Variety

    This song is true.

  17. Tyler Davis

    This was my college anthem

  18. Jennifer Kozlik

    Go now,you are forgiven.

  19. Nicholas Gatti

    Does anyone remember Mr. Kennedy? Pour guy what was he thinking

  20. Chrispy Bacon

    You've seen my mom? ...What was she wearing?

  21. Chrispy Bacon

    Buenas noches hombres

  22. MathByJennifer

    Yep,2019.

  23. Yootub Apesta

    Why am I discovering this AWESOMENESS, until 2019?! Grateful, don't get me wrong, but still... Better late than never, I guess.

  24. Abbey Crownshaw

    "This fight is not worth fighting" is very true

  25. Celes Strock

    Makes me remember nausea

  26. nolan white

    best camp song, best way to relive memories

  27. Jeff Closs

    what's up boo boo? Love you. Be good.

    I eat Children

    Grandpa off meds again

  28. Anwar Stanzi

    🎵🎶take a shower and drop a deuce 🎶🎵

  29. Penquin402

    Camp Takatoka anybody? 2018 and 2019 Staff member!

  30. Jimmy Bobsin

    my mom used to sing this to me all the time and i would say "mom sing the one about the army guy" because i didnt know what a general was

  31. Riko Saikawa

    Listened to this on the beach in North Carolina in 2006. Drinking bricks of Miller Lite for whatever reason. Good times on the beach

  32. doubtazul

    Haven't heard this since '05/'06 my neighbor, Johnny, would play this late summer nights, till I one day asked him about the music and he gifted me a mix CD/mp3. Miss those chill summer nights, when you can think and feel deep. Lovely, meaningful music!

  33. Max J

    “Leaves from the vine
    Falling so slow
    Like fragile, tiny shells
    Drifting in the foam
    Little soldier boy
    Come marching home
    Brave soldier boy
    Comes marching home”

    -Iroh, *Avitar, The Last Airbender*

  34. CharlieKnottFilms

    So many good memories with this song while spending time with my friends

  35. BoyBeyondTheStars

    Camp song 😍😭

  36. TheScottGillies

    WOW! I have heard this song before... but THIS is the first time I've heard it by decision!

  37. ccc_Rocknie Sea

    Green woods camp anybody

  38. woof

    GO NOW YOU ARE FORGIVEN

  39. Amy Mellor

    Take a shower, shine your shoes you got no time to loseYoung man you must be liven, go now you are forgiven!

  40. Robert Budzyna

    This song sucks.

    I eat Children

    Robert Budzyna those are fighting words

    Luke Knighton

    Square up nerd

  41. Brandon Childers

    Never heard of this band or this song, and it just randomly started playing in my suggested feed. I'm glad it did!

  42. ironAnion

    Intro sounded immediately like Slash’s Hey Joe Hendrix cover

  43. You're all crazy.

    Captain America

  44. kungfujones1

    All wars are based on lies.

  45. Kyle Bookout

    Sometimes I love YouTubes recommended. I cant believe I haven't heard this before! It's awesome!

  46. American football Is Real football

    The proud boys should play this everytime antifa attacks trump supporters. Its not worth fighting antifa

  47. 97pe

    2019!!???!😍😂😂😂😭

    Elagartopocho

    Fucking stupid writing 2019 for likes

    Noble Adams Contracting

    OAR, this song and so many others bring up so much nostalgia

    I remember listening to my friend George learn this on guitar in grade 9 .... 15 years later I still love this song

    The Weird Hippie

    2020 now

    Under fell Sans

    Why TAKE this down

  48. Solotvhead99

    I was playing payback 1 and this came on

  49. Kristin Lems

    beautiful

  50. lascassascatfish

    Great song but what if the fight is worth fighting? Having learned by experience no soldier would leave his general or any comrade to fight a battle alone. The bond of brothers in arms is stronger than the will to save yourself. Again great song but I find it to be a sad song

    Ryan Gooslinger

    Most wars are fought for unjust reasons. Comradery is a double edged sword because whilst it does help soldiers get through the atrocities they are likely to see, it can make them feel guilty for questioning things. It's not sad to suggest we should stop killing, it's sad to suggest killing is the only/best option.

  51. Marceline

    There was a decorated General with a heart of gold
    That likened him to all the stories he told
    Of past battles won and lost and legends of old
    A seasoned veteran in his own time
    On the battlefield he gained respect for fame
    With many metals of bravery and stripes to his name
    He grew a beard as soon as he could to cover the scars on his face
    And always urged his men on
    But on the eve of great battle with the infantry and dream
    The old general tossed in his sleep and wrestled with its meaning
    He awoke from that night to tell what he had seen
    And walked slowly out of his tent
    All the men held tall with their chests in the air
    With the courage in their blood and a fire in their stare
    And it was a gray morning and they all wondered how they would fair
    Till the old general told them to go home
    He said
    I have seen the others
    And I have discovered
    That this fight is not worth fighting
    And I've have seen their mothers
    And I will no other
    To follow me where I'm going
    So, take your shower, shine your shoes
    You got no time to lose
    You are young men, you must be living
    Take your shower, shine your shoes
    Well, you got no time to lose
    You are young men, you must be living
    Go now, you are forgiven
    But the men stood fast with their guns on their shoulders
    Not knowing what to do with the contradicting orders
    The general said he would do his own duty but he would extend it no further
    The men could go as they pleased
    But not a man moved, their eyes gazed straight ahead
    Till one by one they stepped back and not a word was said
    And the old general was left with his own words echoing in his head
    He then prepared to fight
    He said
    I have seen the others
    And I have discovered
    That this fight is not worth fighting, no
    And I've have seen their mothers
    And I will no other
    To follow me where I'm going
    So, take your shower, shine your shoes
    You got no time to lose
    You are young men, you must be living, yeah
    Take your shower, shine your shoes
    Well, you got no time to lose
    You are young men, you must be living
    Go now you are forgiven
    Go now, you are forgiven
    Go now, you are forgiven
    Go now, you are forgiven
    Go
    Go now, you are forgiven
    Go now, you are forgiven
    Go now, you are forgiven
    Go
    Go now, you are forgiven
    Go now, you are forgiven
    Go now, got to be, got to be, got to be, got to be, got to be, hey (go now you are forgiven)

    Rafael Borges

    Thank you. Legend.
    I know you can always find it on google but this was handy. God bless

  52. Michelle Craigmiles

    Love this song. Gives me chills

  53. Josh Billy

    This makes me sad. “You’re young men, you must be living” = best lyric.

  54. James Shepard

    I turned a friend in the military onto the Tragically Hip, he gave me a burned disc that said dispatch. I was for once, impressed.✖️🔘➖💲➕🎶🎵➰

  55. Anthony Carranza

    This song helped me through my dark times, fresh out of the military with a debilitating spine injury, medically retired at 22 years old, and on pain meds for the rest of my life. I hit rock bottom when I lost feeling in my leg. This song took me through memory lane, listened to it with my best friend before he went to Afghanistan, and when he left I was lost. This song kept me through. Then we both got out the service, moved into together, I had a daughter with my current girlfriend, he moved out. We are brothers, but I sure do miss having someone who knew me before life/the military beat me up. Before I felt helpess and hopeless. But we talk daily, and we're both doing well, he's my daughters Nino, and he showed me this song. Love that guy, closer to him than my real brothers.

    Riko Saikawa

    Appreciate your service

    Anwar Stanzi

    Probably should have saved yourself the misery and not joined the military

    Steves Off the Couch

    Anthony Carranza Thank you for your service.God bless you and your family!

    Sloppy Salami

    Anwar Stanzi I take that statement as a sign of disrespect. His sacrifice made it so you can enjoy life comfortably. Not everyone is selfish and spares their misery

  56. Maayan Schwartz

    awesome love it

  57. AnthonySaucy Jumps

    I'm glad to see this song getting more and more views as time goes on! Really underappreciated song!

  58. Don Ron

    This is so beautiful, and it never gets old!

  59. Matt S

    This song makes me think of the Christmas Truce of WW1, when British and German soldiers emerged from their trenches during Christmas Day. For one day, the fighting stopped, and the men sang, drank, and played soccer together. The next day, the fighting resumed. One soldier wrote in his diary of that day: "Never was I so keenly aware of the insanity of the war." I have seen the others, and I have discovered that this fight is not worth fighting...

    Jhon Cooenhaigen

    Last Man Standing?!??

    Mike Heil

    I thought it was? Pretty sure there is a few direct quotes in the lyrics from a recovered journal. Now I gotta look this up again.

    Gabriel Romero

    Awesome story! I love learning little tidbits like this... Such a powerful story, yet so short.

    Another phenomenal anti war novel is Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo.

    plecofan adam

    Good comment!

    Matt Thompson

    And yet people still kill other people cause someone told someone else too

  60. L Cruz

    Horrible

    Luke Knighton

    I respect your opinion and such, but why do you dislike the song?

  61. Jon Tourville

    An awesome song, that is all I can say.

  62. david Ash

    Strange how groups like this slightly stupid OAR the dirty heads never really took off huge like not many people Canada no groups like this. I guess it’s like the hip the trews groups like that. Like talent means fuck all in the music world

  63. Brian Smith

    I was listening to Trampled by Turtles radio on Pandora and this came on. Haven’t heard it in many years but I will be having it for breakfast daily. Made me think of my children and the choices one makes on their journey through life. To my babies... You are young and you must be living go now you are always forgiven 🙏✌️

    Tracy Bedford

    Such a beautiful comment!! And also, I love Trampled By Turtles!!

  64. Joseph Wiacek

    The Troll population is at 310. Trolls like mating to this song. Who in their right mind would dislike this song? It brings me back to my early 20s when life was so much simpler.

  65. alex buchanan

    Listening to this song on a 10 strip rn and the inter dimensional beans I’m chillin with fuck with it

  66. Alexander Kaul

    Amazing song Dispatch come back

  67. Dillon Britt

    BANG BANG

  68. JTrot90

    This song has always given me chills.

  69. SGRev1

    This band was so far ahead of their time.

  70. Jacob Edwards

    <3 Anyone recommend songs like this?

  71. Brian Etris

    Love this song...prolly my favorite Dispatch tune....I liked it so much i learned to play it on guitar...not too tricky...and a blast to play! Great band..one of those rare bands that you can just turn on in ANY situation, with ANY group of people, regardless of their musical preference...Dispatch just fits in every music collection for any individual. They're impossible to not like.

  72. Icy Uranus

    i see...

  73. Benjamin Weisman

    This song was always played to my bunk at camp and it brings back so many memories

    I eat Children

    Benjamin Weisman Gfc

    Brainstrain

    Benjamin Weisman It was a huge hit at my summer camp in New Hampshire

  74. Frank Darrin

    Amazing distraction from bad attitudes

  75. Earl Rogers

    Whoever wrote the lyrics to this song is a fucking genius....Plain and simple...The lyrics are on another level....Its absolutely insane

  76. Andrew Motta

    This song makes me think of my friend Pete Confalone who died of an overdose in 2006. He was the first friend I ever had to who died. His funeral was standing room only. We loved this song we knew all the words and used to belt it in his old Buick. At his funeral his sister referenced this song and ended his eulogy “go now you are forgiven”

    BenGz Music

    Blessings bro 🙏

    Tammi Damn Hancock

    Dangit another friend lost. Anyone who loves this song is one of mine. But there are other worlds at least

    daniel cummings

    Your a great friend. Thanks for sharing. Honestly very touching

    Dennis Jones

    Sorry friend for your loss.
    Next time you see him ( and you will ) give him a big O hug.

    Craig McKenna

    My friend Joe died of a drug overdose months after my brother took his life, the line "go now you are forgiven" repeating is powerful lyrics

  77. Valiant North

    I grew up on this song with my friends, one of the first truly good song I learned on the guitar.

  78. Brandon Wilks

    I hadn't heard this song in 15 years until a few hours ago at the bar. I missed it!

  79. Savanna Iris

    This song is so good

  80. John Evarts

    Taking responsibility of getting this song to 1m views.

  81. Thad Dronen

    This shit is money

  82. Natasha Hoffman

    Thank you for this song

  83. Diane Jackson

    In 4 school homework assignments

  84. William Sullivan

    I agree with the moral of the story here. It holds with the same story as all quite on the western front. A soldier who was brought up to think he was different, learns thats they are just like him and are suffering just like him.

  85. Kelly Craven

    Excuse my French but all 479 of y'all who disliked this song can suck it.

  86. Ben Landre

    I haven't listened to this in years. Reminds me of the hopeful person I used to be.

  87. Super Saiyan Yuzu

    270 people missed the like button

  88. Grady Mowery

    Heard this at camp love it

  89. Andrew O'Hara

    Needs to be 1,000,000. I've got work to do.

  90. Max Zimmerman

    It's sad this song doesn't have millions of veiws!

    Alexander Whiteclay

    It got there!

  91. Ilya Kourzakov

    Heard this first from my camp counselor in 2000ish.

    Earl Rogers

    oh shit....same yo.....outward bound...hiking and self reliance....and dispatch/jack johnsonm lololol

    Penquin402

    Ilya Kourzakov At a residential summer camp that I work at we sing this song at every last night campfire. All of the staff and campers love it.

  92. Brooke albert

    Camp takotoka

    Penquin402

    Brooke albert I work there and this is one of my favorite things that we do there.

  93. G11

    Nice song and great guitar work. really states a story and one of my new favorite bands and songs so good job.

  94. marconi ferrelli

    this is the only thang that makes me feel better right now. and ive seen their mothers lol