"The Sand of Iwo Jima" as written by and Brad Morgan Shonna Tucker....
George A. was at the movies in December '41
They announced it in the lobby what had just gone on
He drove up from Birmingham back to the family's farm
Thought he'd get him a deferment there's was much work to be done
He was a family man, even in those days
But Uncle Sam decided he was needed anyway
In the South Pacific over half a world away
He believed in God and Country, things was just that way

Just that way

When I was just a kid I spent every weekend
On the farm that he grew up on so I guess so did I
And we'd stay up watching movies on the black and white TV
We watched "The Sands of Iwo Jima" starring John Wayne

Every year in June George A. goes to a reunion
Of the men that he served with and their wives and kids and grand kids
My Great Uncle used to take me and I'd watch them recollect
about some things I couldn't comprehend

And I thought about that movie, asked if it was that way
He just shook his head and smiled at me in such a loving way
As he thought about some friends he will never see again
He said "I never saw John Wayne on the sands of Iwo Jima"

Most of those men are gone now but he goes still every year
And George A's still doing fine, especially for his years
He's still living on that homestead in the house that he was born in
And I sure wish I could go see him today

He never drove a new car though he could easily afford it
He'd just buy one for the family and take whatever no one wanted
He said a shiny car didn't mean much after all the things he'd seen
George A. never saw John Wayne on the sands of Iwo Jima


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"The Sands of Iwo Jima" as written by Patterson Hood

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    General CommentWhen George A told him he never saw John Wayne on the sands of Iwo Jima, I almost started to cry. This guy can write a song
    The Neeron February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about Patterson Hood's great uncle and a remark he did actually make "I never saw John Wayne on the sands of Iwo Jima" while watching said movie.

    Might not be intentional but I felt there was a juxtaposition between George A., a family man drafted into the war against his wishes, attending war reunions and recalling lost friends, to the typical brash and belligerent John Wayne character - and indeed John Wayne himself.
    LoboParamilitaryon October 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLike someone said it's a tribute to his Great Uncle.

    What stands out to me most is the line "George A never saw John Wayne on the sands of Iwo Jima".

    John Wayne movies have 20 people shooting at him at once dodging them and saving the day single-handedly.

    I interpret the lyrics to mean that the men who fought were normal men working together to get the job done in hopes of going back to America and living a normal life.
    bkabbotton December 24, 2012   Link

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