Short Memories lyrics

Pre>(1992 by graham parker, submitted by kirk anderson) (kanderso@wheatonma.edu)
D a
They took their kids in their teenage years
D g
Fitted them out with combat gear,
D a bm g
Filled their hearts with mortal fear and sent them away
D a
Some came home their pants in creases
D g
Some came home in bits and pieces
D a g d
The president made a lot of speeches and went fishing for the day

D a d g
cause they have short memories, they forget it all so quickly
D a bm g
They have short memories, now its gone
D a d g
They have short memories, it disappears just like quicksilver
D a g d
They have short memories, now its gone

My daddy was in nicosea, egypt and north korea
He came back to a good career, shovelling coal
I was just the village lout I never got my finger out
I never wanted for anything still I broke and entered and stole

[bridge]
Em
You cant stop a train or catch the rain drops
D a g
As they come falling
Em
Sure therell be another war
D a
Sure as sure the call-up will come calling

D a
They took their kids in their teenage years
D g
Gave them a God that they could fear
D a bm g
Said they could kill but not drink beer
Bm g
And sent them away
D a
Some came home in a body bag
D g
Some came home wrapped in a flags
D a g d
And on each toe there hung a tag saying therell be more someday

[repeat first chorus]
G em d
...now its gone, now its gone, now its gone /pre>

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What do you think is the meaning of Short Memories by Graham Parker?