Saturday Songs with Arlo Guthrie

Christmas, 2008

I’ve been quiet this month. Sorry about that. It’s been a rough start to 2019 for my boys and I. Since having what was really a lovely Christmas there have once again been hospitals and grief and pain. Reasons for discouragement, but also hope.

Tonight I am thinking of a song by Arlo Guthrie when he was in concert with Pete Seeger at Wolftrap a full 25 years ago. So you’ll pardon the video quality, I trust.

The first is a song about a soldier, or maybe about all soldiers. I am thinking specifically today of a local news story where a troubled soldier lashed out. I am not absolving anyone of responsibility. I have no idea what really happened that led up to it. But I do wonder about the hell we put our troops through and just expect them to be fine when they come home. You can follow along with the lyrics here.

The second video is one that I shared a while back, after Pete Seeger’s death. It’s a song that, thanks to my brother, Jeff, my boys and I had a copy of and used to listen to and sing along with in the car. I miss those drives. Maybe next weekend, we can relive it. Listen to the story, but if you want to come back to a shorter, non-sing-along version later, you can always click here. Be good to those who love you. I wish you a weekend of song and more than just a little joy.

One Comment Add yours

  1. slpmartin says:

    The living casualties of war are too soon forgotten.

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