"Fort Hood" as written by Gerome Ragni, Galt Mac Dermot, James Rado and Michael Doughty....
I'd rather
Watch movie
Stars get fat
I'd rather
Hang up the flag
And be done with it
I'd rather
Keep the frenzy
And the fire
Out of my mind
I'd rather take sides
In an argument
I'd rather
Crank up the bass
In a dark basement
I'd rather
Leave the mobs
And the murder
In a distant land

Let the sunshine in
Let the sunshine in
The sunshine in, in

My vote's a bed
And a football pool
Five on the red
And six on the blue
Wake up, fool
This is no time
For a shouting match
I smell blood
And there's
No blood around

Blanked out eyes
And the blanked out sound
See them coming back
Motionless
In an airport lounge

Let the sunshine in
Let the sunshine in
The sunshine in, in

Let the sunshine in
Let the sunshine in
The sunshine in

You should be
Getting stoned
With a prom dress girl
You should still believe
In an endless world
You should
(Pass young cheesy?)
In a parking lot

Let the sunshine in
Let the sunshine in
The sunshine in, in


Lyrics submitted by Eamon

"Fort Hood" as written by Gerome Ragni Galt Mac Dermot

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    General Commentthis is straight off of doughty's blog --


    "I want to be really clear about this. I've gotten emails from soldiers who dig it, but I want to make it totally explicit what the song means.

    The first verse is about guilt. That I can go about my daily life without thinking of the violence and the fear in Iraq, and the sacrifice people are making over there.

    The first part of the second verse is about frustration with political pissing matches, instead of unity among our elected representatives to serve these guys. The second half is about how the war haunts me; how I see dudes in uniform in airports and wonder what's going on in their heads, what they've witnessed.

    The bridge is about lost innocence. Young guys that go over there and come back scarred--bodily, often, but also psychologically, that so many of them will have the burden of post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmares, haunting images.

    I wrote the song basically out of two experiences; I went to Walter Reed last year, met some guys who had lost limbs, and came out scared and grateful. And I grew up an Army brat in the 70s, when many of the adult males around me were in Vietnam, and there was lots of strange behavior that I now recognize as PTSD.

    Fort Hood is the base in Texas that's lost the most people in Iraq and Afghanistan."
    jadezabrinaon March 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe last verse - that bit in parentheses - is:

    "You should be blasting Young Jeezy with your friends in a parking lot."

    It refers to the rapper Young Jeezy, and kids hanging out in parking lots listening to loud music.
    Kwickoon February 01, 2012   Link
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    General CommentGrrrr - hate when that happens.

    I got it wrong as well. It's

    "You should be getting stoned with a prom dress girl,
    You should still believe in and endless world,
    You should blast Young Jeezy with your friends in a parking lot."

    Wish they'd correct it.
    Kwickoon November 07, 2017   Link

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