Slaid Cleaves

Hello there
I recently came across New Year's Day - beautiful, inspiring lyrics. What does 'telling tales of the blue and gray' mean?

Steve McAweaney

Slaid Cleaves responded on 02/26/2017

Thanks for writing, Steve - "Cousin Perry" is part of a Texas family I met soon after arriving in the Lone Star State (from Maine, where I had gown up). Perry's a bit of a Civil War (or as southerners sometime call it, "The War of Northern Aggression") buff, and has great respect for Maine's General Joshua Chamberlain. So that's how our friendship started off, talking about the soldiers who wore the blue uniforms (Union) and the gray (Confederate).

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