USE YOUR COPING SKILLS!!

An underdog huddles while
The troops muster for war
Coach Cooper barks to his team
What’s the fucking score?!

A soldier with a heavy heart
Lies drably across his pack
As the coach beseeches his players
ATTACK!! ATTACK!! ATTACK!!

A comrade spots the soldier
With his hands cupping his head
The coach shouts to his assistant
Put Number 20 in, instead!!

The game that they are playing
Is against a hated crosstown rival
The soldier’s friend walks nearer
To him, this is survival

What’s wrong, he asks his friend
Already knowing the answer
Coach C demands more effort
Even though he is dying from cancer

He told his team last night
That he was battling for his life
Right after he told his daughters
His mother...and his wife

I don’t know if I can do this
The soldier’s voice is weak
As tears form in their ducts
And fall upon his cheeks

Get over here, Number 20!
Her name is Margie Brown
I want just one more moment
With my child to clown around

I know, his friend says softly
So that no one else can hear
We’re underdogs in this game!
We have no time for fear!!

I know, Coach C, I know
Margie Brown begins to weep
Being soldiers isn’t easy
When there are many mines to sweep

Then the coach pulls Margie aside
As the First Sergeant overhears the two
I know this isn’t easy
For me and neither for you

At ease, the First Sergeant says
His eyes a glassy blue
I know this isn’t easy
For me and neither for you

But I need you to be sharp
And ready for the kill
Now, get out there and fight and
USE YOUR COPING SKILLS!!

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