SongwritingWith:Soldiers works with Feast of Crispian

The cast of FoC's first full production of Julius Caesar were inspired to work with well known singer/songwriter, Darden Smith, of Songwriting With Soldiers. For those of you who got a chance to see the production, you heard the rousing original marching cadence and the haunting song, Why Go To War in the First Place. These were written with our veteran cast members guided by the enormously talented and generous Mr. Smith. Check out this phenomenal organization @  


To hear the audio of WHY GO TO WAR... go to VETS VOICES


Darden Smith / Feast Of Crispian



Why go to war in the first place

Why take the children we raised

And send them off to war in the first place

Could there be a better way


Maybe it's a loaded question

But what makes you think you're right?

And why does everybody have to be like us?

Is it arrogance, is it pride?


What did I do to deserve this?

After all that I've done?

Why do you not welcome me?

Now that I've come home


How big was your anger?

How big was your rage?

Did you get what you needed?

Do you feel good today?


Coming from where we come from

Did we have a choice?

Why don't you see me?

Can you hear my voice?


If I was homeless, brother

Help me understand

Is it just because I'm a soldier

That you shake my hand?


Is it because I'm a woman

That you see me second best

You don't know what I've been through

Still you give me no respect


What about the ones not with us

What about the ones long gone

What about the ones that gave their lives

Who'll be singing their song


© 2015 Darden Smith Music