Sunday, March 11, 2012

Glen Campbell - Galveston

What always stood out for me when listening to Galveston was Glen Campbell's incredible voice. A comment on Youtube made me realized that the song is about a soldier in the Spanish-American War. However, due to the era it was recorded in, Galveston became an anti-Vietnam war anthem. The song was written by the great Jimmy Webb.

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin'
I still see her dark eyes glowin'
She was 21 when I left Galveston

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing
While I watch the cannons flashing
I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water
Standing there lookin' out to sea
And is she waiting there for me?
On the beach where we used to run

Galveston, oh Galveston, I am so afraid of dying
Before I dry the tears she's crying
Before I watch your sea birds flying in the sun
At Galveston, at Galveston

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