Mrs. Sam Stone

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Becky Reyes
2010-00-00
Becky Reyes with respect to John Prine who wrote the original, "Sam Stone".

Story

Mrs. Sam Stone is a sad song. Yes, it’s about John Prine’s Sam Stone, but told from the perspective of his wife.

Lyrics

 

Mrs. Sam Stone
© 1991 Becky Reyes
 
Sammy got his orders. They picked him up at dawn 
What will I do now that he’s gone?
With one just barely two and another on the way
I swear that I can still hear Sammy say
He said don’t fret too much, I’ll be back before you know it
You won’t even notice I’ve gone
I’ll write home every week and I’ll send you some money
So baby, don’t turn to stone - It won’t be easy, leave it alone
Sammy did his tour with two hundred thousand other
And Westmoreland was askin’ for more
We watched on our TV’s to search for faces and caualties
Wonderin’ if we’d see a face from home
After eighteen long months we didn’t know who he was
Hell Sammy wasn’t so sure himself
With some metal in his leg and a medal for his trouble
He said, “Baby, I’m glad to be home. It won’t be easy comin’ back home”
Sammy did his best but soon his best was clouded over
The rush made him feel real numb
Wasn’t nothin’ we could do just live our lives against the blue
And we all had to fight our demons, too
Sammy often looked at us with sorrow in his eyes
Sometimes he’d look right through
And his brother helped us out when Sammy took to stayin’ out
He said, “Sammy, he’s out getting stoned. I thought maybe he’d come back home”
Sammy was alone when he shot up his last dime
Brother found him slumped in a chair
And all that I have left is this flag from his coffin
And tears to last a hundred thousand years
But I just have to add I remember the man
Not the soldier that Washington had
I don’t know why you died. You were all torn up inside
I guess out there you just turned to stone
And Sammy know that you’re not alone
And baby, take my love home.

Mrs. Sam Stone
© 1991 Becky Reyes 

Sammy got his orders. They picked him up at dawn 
What will I do now that he’s gone?
With one just barely two and another on the way
I swear that I can still hear Sammy say

He said, "Don’t fret too much, I’ll be back before you know it
You won’t even notice I’ve gone
I’ll write home every week and I’ll send you some money
So baby, don’t turn to stone - It won’t be easy, leave it alone".

Sammy did his tour with two hundred thousand others
And Westmoreland was askin’ for more
We watched on our TV’s to search for faces and casualties
Wonderin’ if we’d see a face from home

After eighteen long months we didn’t know who he was
Hell Sammy wasn’t so sure himself
With some metal in his leg and a medal for his trouble
He said, “Baby, I’m glad to be home. It won’t be easy comin’ back home”

Sammy did his best but soon his best was clouded over
The rush made him feel real numb
Wasn’t nothin’ we could do, just live our lives against the blue
And we all had to fight our demons, too

Sammy often looked at us with sorrow in his eyes
Sometimes he’d look right through
And his brother helped us out when Sammy took to stayin’ out
He said, “Sammy, he’s out getting stoned. I thought maybe he’d come back home”

Sammy was alone when he shot up his last dime
Brother found him slumped in a chair
And all that I have left is this flag from his coffin
And tears to last a hundred thousand years

But I just have to add I remember the man
Not the soldier that Washington had
I don’t know why you died. You were all torn up inside
I guess out there you just turned to stone
And Sammy know that you’re not alone
And baby, take my love home.

Dedicated to all our VETERANS who sacrificed so much to provide us with the best defense system a body could ever want. Thank you. Just know that when I sing this in public, in private, even when I think of this song, I often well up with tears so if I cry, you know why...

 

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