The General (song)

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"The General"
Song by Dispatch from the album Bang Bang
Released July, 1998
Genre Jam Rock
Length 4:06
Label Bomber, Foundations, Universal
Writer(s) Brad Corrigan, Pete Heimbold, Chad Urmston
Producer(s) Dispatch
Bang Bang track listing
"Bats in the Belfry"
"The General"
"Bang Bang"

"The General" is a song by the roots rock band Dispatch.


This song tells a story about a brilliant and battle-torn old general, who has a dream in which he realizes the futility of the war he is fighting. He then attempts to persuade his men that they do not have to participate in the battle, but that he would fulfill the job he had sworn to do.[1] He wants them to leave and live a full life.[2]

In The Best of Dispatch, a book containing guitar and voice transcriptions of selected Dispatch songs, Chad Urmston describes "The General":


The song has appeared in multiple formats, including its original version on the album Bang Bang, as well as multiple live versions on their albums Gut the Van, All Points Bulletin and, most recently, Dispatch: Zimbabwe. In the Madison Square Garden format, the song features several instruments including the trumpet, saxophone, and trombone, an addition never before featured in the song.

At New York City's Radio City Music Hall in 2012, during the band's Circles Around the Sun tour, the song was performed with a verse from Nena's 99 Red Balloons in the inserted bridge. This, presumably, to add new character to the band's anti-war message.

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ The General by Dispatch Songfacts
  3. ^ Cherry Lane (Guitar One) (2003). "Dispatch: About the Songs". The Best of Dispatch. 

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