Friday, March 13, 2009


"I clean my gun and dream of Galveston."

What a line. How did I ever miss that? This cornball classic played on the radio all the time--you couldn't avoid it. Now I finally realize it was about Vietnam, and maybe even considered an anti-war song by country pop standards. Imagine that. Some sad sack soldier is cleaning his weapon and dreaming of his girl, and his shitty little Texas town. Sad. Did everyone else really get this? The sentimental song was written by Jimmy Webb, who wrote other cornball Campbell earworms like "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."

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