dinsdag 24 februari 2015

* Uncle Sam Blues / Little Boy Soldiers *

                                   “Uncle Sam ain’t no woman, but he sure can take your man.”
Oran Thaddeus "Hot Lips" Page (vocal, trumpet) recorded this traditional for Savoy in 1944. Wartime.

                                                        Hot Lips Page-'Uncle Sam Blues'

The oldest song called ‘Uncle Sam Blues’ that your Secret Museum could find is by Clara Smith (1923). 
Filled with grief, she sings: “Let me tell you Postman, what Sammy has done to me.”

Clara Smith reminded me of that bitter song ‘Little Boy Soldiers’ by Paul Weller’s band The Jam.
                   “They send you home in a pine overcoat, with a letter to your mum;
                     saying: find enclosed one son – one medal and a note – to say he won.”

P.S.: "Uncle Sam ain't no woman, but…" Jefferson Airplane sang it too, on Woodstock (1969). The next year Airplane-members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady did 'Uncle Sam Blues' also on the debut-LP of their next project Hot Tuna. The Vietnam-years needed the song as much as World War II did.

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