by Robert Cray

When you're used up, where do you go

Mother dry your eyes, there's no need to cry I'm not a boy, it's what I signed up for
When you're used up, where do you go

I can't take the heat, and I hardly sleep anymore What'd we come here for
Standing out here in the desert

Trying to protect an oil line
I'd really like to do my job but

This ain't the country that I had in mind
They call this a war on terror
I see a lot of civilians dying Mothers, sons, fathers and daughters
Not to mention some friends of mine
Some friends of mine

Was supposed to leave last week
Promises they don't keep anymore

Got to fight the rich man's war
When you're used up, where do you go

Late in 2004
Comes a knock at the door

It's no surprise
Mother dry your eyes

Mother don't you cry, no, no
Someone told you a lie

Yes they did, why
Mother don't you cry, oh no

Mother don't you cry
When you're used up, where do you go

New Music Video Features "Eyes Wide Open" Boots

Last November 1, as the sun rose over a farm near Dover, New Hampshire the Eyes Wide Open crew once again began laying out more than two thousand pairs of boots representing the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq. But this was not a standard stop on the nation-wide tour of AFSC’s acclaimed anti-war exhibit.

The boots were being prepared to play a role in a music video for blues musician Robert Cray’s poignant new song, “Twenty”, telling the story of a young soldier, who questions his mission in Iraq, but is killed before his deployment is up.

The video, directed by Robert Cray’s wife, Susan Turner-Cray stars Aidan Delgado, a 23-year-old Iraq-war veteran who served in Nasiriyah and at Abu Ghraib prison, before securing conscientious objector status and returning to the U.S. David Goodman, one of the Eyes Wide Open tour managers, has a cameo role in the video as a Vietnam Veteran.

The Crays had heard about the Eyes Wide Open exhibit, but had not seen it when they began developing ideas for the music video. They contacted the Chicago AFSC office, and began arrangements to feature the exhibit in the production. After many potential sites were considered, the rolling hills behind the New Hampshire farmhouse of Todd and Kristin Adelman was offered and chosen. Cinematographer Jonathon Millman signed on to shoot the video, and other local actors and crew joined the effort donating their time out of commitment to the concept.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Cray’s album, also named “Twenty” has been nominated for a Grammy as Best Contemporary Blues Album.