Important words on this day.

A Way With Words

 John Prine’s song “Sam Stone” tells the story of a soldier who comes home from Vietnam, a wounded warrior.  Not only is he physically injured, he is also psychologically and spiritually consumed.

And the time that he served, 

Had shattered all his nerves, 

And left a little shrapnel in his knee.  

But the morphine eased the pain, 

And the grass grew round his brain, 

And gave him all the confidence he lacked, 

With a Purple Heart and a monkey on his back.

We then see the terrible impact of Sam’s wounds on his family as the chorus shifts from a third-person narrative to a plaintive first-person plea from the perspective of Sam’s child.

There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes, 

Jesus Christ died for nothin’ I suppose. 

Little pitchers have big ears, 

Don’t stop to count the years, 

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