"Xmas In February" as written by and Lou Reed....
Sam was lyin' in the jungle
agent orange spread across the sky like marmalade
Hendrix played on some foreign jukebox
they were praying to be saved
Those gooks were fierce and fearless
That's the price you pay when you invade
Xmas in February
Sam lost his arm in some border town
his fingers are mixed with someone's crop
If he didn't have that opium to smoke
the pain would never ever stop
Half his friends are stuffed into black body bags
with their names printed at the top
Xmas in February
Sammy was a short order cook in a
short order black and blue collar town
Everybody worked the steel mill but
the steel mill got closed down
He thought if he joined the Army
he'd have a future that was sound
Like no Xmas in February
Sam's staring at the Vietnam Wall
It's been a while now that he's home
His wife and kid have left, he's unemployed
He's a reminder of the war that wasn't won
He's the guy on the street with the sign that reads
"Please help send this Vet home"
But he is home
And there's no Xmas in February
No matter how much he saves

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"Xmas in February" as written by Lou Reed

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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song already. Great song. I think I have a hunch as to what the title refers to also; today in my English class, we were looking at pictures that convey emotional response, and one was of a soldier in Vietnam, who had the months he would be there listed, and crossed off, all except the last one; February. I'm not sure if February was a common time for guys to come home from Vietnam, or if this song is a reference to the photo, but I think "Christmas in February" would pretty clearly be coming home from 'Nam, and the rest of the song is obviously about Vietnam.
    Exorianon December 08, 2009   Link

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