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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Dress Blues for Memorial Day

Posted by: Jambo / 12:56 AM

You know that we liberals hate America and want the terrorists to win (really, just ask the Republicans, they'll tell you) so it's not surprising that I forgot to do any sort of Memorial Day post. Had I done one it would have featured this sadly beautiful song by the Drive-by Truckers:

It's not an anti-war song. It's just an anti-young-person-dying-too-soon song and it's as moving as any pop song on the subject is ever likely to be.

"Dress Blues"

What can you see from your window

I can't see anything from mine

Flags on the side of the highway

Scripture on grocery store signs

Maybe 18 was too early

Maybe 30 or 40 is too

Did you get chance to make peace with the man

Before he sent down his angels for you?

Mama's and grandmama's love you

Cause that's all they know how to do

And you never planned on the bombs in the sand

Or sleeping in your dress blues

[I don't know if it has been released on an album yet (it hadn't been when I first tried to find it) but if any of you would like a decent copy of it drop me an email and I'll send you a pretty good mp3 that that I recorded from a radio steam of an in studio performance.]

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