Robert J.

Robert J.

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Rock - Americana | Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Total Song Plays: 12,424   
Member Since: 2004
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   Sounds Like: Delbert McClinton

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Song Description

My tribute to my brother James Virgil Conaway and his Viet Nam Story. He developed PTSD after coming back from Viet Nam.

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Lyrics

Uncle Virgil died, buried at sea in WWII
My brother Jim was given his name to honor the man we never knew
While we were growing up, playing war was our favorite game
From Iwo Jima to the Alamo, we fought for country & glory & fame
Then Jim went to Viet Nam and we saw on TV that war was no game
My brother made it back alive but he would never be the same.

It was the happiest day of our lives
The day James Virgil came marching home
He was drinking martinis all the way from Tokyo
And when he danced his way off of that plane, Mom became herself again
And Dad choked back the only tears he'd ever shown
James Virgil was the only hero I've ever known.

It's a soldiers tears, bronze stars and purple hearts
It's the nightmares and the guilt and the fears
It's a war that tore this country apart
Oh mother rest at ease your son is in heaven now
Brother rest in peace, Viet Nam can't haunt you now.

It was the happiest day of our lives
The day James Virgil came marching home
He was drinking martinis all the way from Tokyo
And when he danced his way off of that plane, Mom became herself again
And Dad choked back the only tears he'd ever shown
James Virgil was the only hero I've ever known.

It's our place in time, some rings around the family tree
When we can't leave our past behind we go wading through fallen leaves.
We go wading through fallen leaves.






Song Length
5:33
Genres
Rock - Roots/Rock n' Roll, Folk - Rock
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Mood
Poignant

Subject Matter
General, Sadness


Language
English
Era
1990 - 1999

Lyric Credits Robert J.
Music Credits Robert J.
Producer Credits Robert John Conaway
Publisher Credits PopBomb Music Publishing
Performance Credits The Rowdy Prairie Dogs
Label Credits PopBomb Records