So the version of this song that I'm playing was not one that I was familiar with - it turns out, Mr. Bragg has done about a million and a half versions of this tune, and he's always adjusting them to fit the times and locations that he's singing in. I find that super cool. And it turns out, he's pretty darn good at making those adjustments work, and I dig it all.
Also, here's the version of the song that I know and love:
Thanks for tuning in this past week!
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At least four guys from my unit are gone. The youngest two were killed in Iraq. The older two died after getting out of the Marines, but are casualties of our generation's war nonetheless; I don't think they ever found their ways home. They were good Marines, which means they weren't angels. They had tough times reconciling their experiences in the war with their lives after the war. The first, my one-time squad leader, was beaten to death in a parking lot by four men for saying something he shouldn't have said while intoxicated at a party. He left behind a young son. The second, a guy from my section, died alone & without benefits. Some of us made sure he was put to rest with dignity.
Neither of them will be counted in the war's official death toll, or have their name carved in stone for the ages. Every war creates its lost ones. We need to bring them all home.
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Since we have recently discussed the Drive-By Truckers, I'd figure I'd go with this one first. It is one of my favorites from the latest album. And I think their latest album is their best since Jason Isbell was in the band.
I like my protest music to tell stories and ask questions.
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