Thurman P. Woodfork

THE WEARY GI BLUES

Sittin’ here and sighin’ at the tops of my shoes
‘Cause the day’s already colored in dark and somber hues.
I wonder just how long I’ll keep payin’ these dues:
I got the low-down, dirty, Weary GI blues.

Over twenty years travelin’ from one site to another,
Only to discover that one’s just like the other;
From Mississippi’s Gulf shore to Alaska north of Nome
I’ve set down my duffel bag and made myself at home.

Sittin’ here sighin’ at the tops of my shoes
‘Cause the day’s already colored in dark and somber hues.
I wonder just how long I’ll keep payin’ these dues:
I got the low-down, dirty, Wanderin’ GI Blues.

Perched on this mountaintop in Spain south of France,
Thinkin’ about Barcelona and sweet, Latin romance;
But it’s in between paydays and my pockets are all bare
And the chaplain’s stopped the travel chits that used to get me there.

Sittin’ here sighin’ at the tops of my shoes
‘Cause the day’s already colored in dark and somber hues.
I wonder just how long I’ll keep payin’ these dues:
I got the low-down, dirty, Horny GI Blues.

Sweet Jesus, there’s a Dragon in the night sky overhead
Belching deadly metal fire that’s neon bright and red!
It really is named Puff and it’s beautiful to behold…
But not to the Viet Cong whose bodies are turning cold.

Sittin’ here sighin’ at the tops of my shoes
‘Cause the day’s already colored in dark and somber hues.
I wonder just how long I’ll keep payin’ these dues:
I got the low-down, dirty, Cold Soul GI Blues.

Another Mountain in Korea – now there’s snow up to my ass;
Mumblin’ to myself, “Lord, how long can this shit last?”
Musin’ on the perfidy of folks I thought were friends,
Lookin’ towards the DMZ as another long day ends.

Sittin’ here sighin’ at the tops of my shoes
‘Cause the day’s already colored in dark and somber hues.
I wonder just how long I’ll keep payin’ these dues:
I got the low-down, dirty, Frostbit GI Blues.

Well, now active duty is over and retirement time is here,
Can I lie back on my laurels sippin’ San Miguel beer –
Dreamin’ ‘bout the Ramblas and sweet songs like Twilight Time?
Nope, this stingy GI pension won’t buy no life sublime.

Sittin’ here sighin’ at the tops of my shoes
‘Cause the day’s already colored in dark and somber hues.
I wonder just how long I’ll keep payin’ these dues:
I got the low-down, dirty, Disillusioned GI Blues.

What happened to that promise of free lifetime medical care?
Congress slowly took it back till now there’s nothing there.
It’s, “What’ve you done for me lately” and that’s for damn’ sure.
Yep, it’s supplemental insurance ‘cause the wolf’s at the door.

Sittin’ here sighin’ at the tops of my shoes
‘Cause the day’s already colored in dark and somber hues.
I wonder just how long I’ll keep payin’ these dues:
I got the low-down, dirty, Back-Stabbed GI Blues.