David R. “Poppa” Alexander

I WISH I COULD DO IT OVER AGAIN

I wish I could do it over again
Maybe this time I would do it right.
I wish I could lead my men
Maybe this time they wouldn’t have to die.

I wish I could tell each one how much he meant to me
Maybe this time they would believe it coming from me.
I wish I could have know then what I realize now
Maybe this time it would be different and more would come back alive.

I wish I could have been older, wiser and more of a man
Maybe this time it would make a difference, maybe a better plan.
I wish I could stop time and revisit the sites
Maybe this time I would see the danger and miss all that death.

I wish I could know that they were all OK
Maybe as time goes by, they will forgive me this I pray.
I wish I could have stopped the death
Maybe this time I could saved each ones life’s breath.

I wish I could hold on to each and every one
Maybe they didn’t have to die, for they were all someone’s son.
I wish I could do it over again
Maybe someone can tell me why.

I wish I could forget the death
Maybe I could forget but their faces haunt me yet
I wish they had all come home, sometimes that makes me scream.
Maybe that is just an endless dream.

I wish I could do it over again
Maybe just maybe there was something I missed
I wish I could do it over again
Maybe this time I would get it right.