I'm studying at the university of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) and am currently writing my Master thesis about the (re)functionalization of songs from the Vietnam War period to Iraq. I am planning of including "Still fighting the war" in my analysis (I hope you don't mind). In an interview you stated that you were inspired by your co-writer Ron Coy, who told you the story of a Vietnam veteran. So my question is twofold:
1. Why did you change the setting from Vietnam to Iraq?
2. Do you see any differences/parallels between Vietnam veterans and Iraq veterans? Particularly with regard to their treatment?
I would really appreciate a reply.
Thx in advance.
I'm honored to be included in your analysis. Though I mention Fallujah , the song was meant to tell the story of all returning soldiers, from Odysseus (who had one heluva time returning home) to today's wounded warriors. I could have mentioned Khe Sanh or Guadalcanal to focus the song on Viet Nam or WWII - and if I took out the "VA on the phone" line I could substitute Gettysburg or Waterloo or Agincourt or Troy without changing any other line. I'm no scholar on the subject, but it seems to me every nation or kingdom which has sent its people off to war does so with great gusto and welcomes them home with a short ceremony followed by neglect and apathy.
Slaid, I love your song,"I Love You More Than Texas". Being from Texas I can relate to it. I told my significant other to listen to the song (she is from South Carolina), and emailed her the lyrics. She wrote back:
And for you, my man from Texas
I know that would seem reckless
But if you love me more than Texas
Heck, I'll give up my Lexus
What a great response. Have you thought about writing a sequel? Might be a great response from the likes of Miranda Lambert or some other Texas Country Western singer....(-:
I have seen you perform from PA to Maine, but I'm hoping to catch a Texas Show. I will be in San Antonio in November and would extend based on catching a show. Any idea when you would know your schedule and if you will be in Austin around November 12th ?Slaid Cleaves responded on 02/23/2016