"Dress Blues" as written by and Jason Isbell....
What can you see from your window?
I can't see anythin' from mine
Flags on the side of the highway
And scripture on grocery store signs

Maybe eighteen was too early
Maybe thirty or forty is too
Did you get your chance to make peace with the man
Before He sent down his angels for you?

Mamas and grand mamas love you
'Cause that's all they know how to do
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleepin' in your dress blues

Your wife said this all would be funny
When you got back home in a week
Turn twenty two and we'd celebrate you
In a bar or a tent by the creek

Your baby would just about be here
And your very last tour would be up
But you won't be back, they're all dressin' in black
Drinkin' sweet tea in Styrofoam cups

Mamas and grand mamas love you
American boys hate to lose
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleepin' in your dress blues

The high school gymnasium's ready
Full of flowers and old Legionnaires
Nobody showed up to protest
Just sniffle and stare

There's red, white and blue in the rafters
And there's silent old men from the Corps
What did they say when they shipped you away
To fight somebody's Hollywood war?

Nobody here could forget you
You showed us what we had to lose
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleepin' in your dress blues
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleepin' in your dress blues


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"Dress Blues" as written by Jason Isbell

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    General CommentI wish they'd bring home our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
    andthroughadayon November 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song
    Very sad though.
    About one of jasons' highschool friends who went to war and didn't come back.

    P.S. my brother, Jimbo, is jasons' bassist in his band The 400 Unit.
    HoodedHippyon April 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"High school gymnasium's ready
    Full of flowers and old legionnaires
    Nobody showed up to protest,
    just sniffle and stare
    There's red, white, and blue in the rafters
    There's silent old men from the corps"

    Best part of the song..the respect most Americans give to the young men and women who give their lives for the hope of better times ahead.
    carolinabornon October 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song just digs at me like none other can. I have too many friends over there and I can't go a day without being overwhelmed with the fear I'll never see them again.
    JEdge112on April 13, 2008   Link

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