Current Events: Ain't No Fortunate Son - Songs for Veterans, pt. 1
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The Dixie Chicks - "Travelin' Soldier"
"Two days past eighteen, he was waitin' for the bus in his army greens / Sat down in a booth at a café there, gave his order to a girl with a bow in her hair / He's a little shy so she gives him a smile / And he said would you mind sittin' down for a while / And talkin' to me, I'm feelin' a little low / she said I'm off in an hour and I know where we can go ... One Friday night at a football game, the Lord's Prayer said and the anthem sang / A man said folks would you bow your heads for a list of local Vietnam dead / Cryin' all along underneath the stands was a piccolo player in the marching band / And one name read and nobody really cared but a pretty little girl with a bow in her hair"
Jim Carroll - "People Who Died"
"Sly in Vietnam took a bullet in the head / Bobby OD'd on Drano on the night that he was wed / They were two more friends of mine / I miss 'em, they died / These are people who died, died / They were all my friends, but they died!"
Pink Floyd - "Bring the Boys Back Home"
"Don't leave the children on their own / Bring the boys back home!"
Check back tomorrow for part Ain't No Fortunate Son: Songs for Veterans, pt. 2 (featuring Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Beck, The Arcade Fire, Elvis Costello and more!)