I have always been a fan of the late Glen Campbell’s music, and one of my favorite songs by Glen has always been “Galveston”.
In fact, I featured that song in a post on here several months ago.
After that post went live I received several angry messages from folks asking why I felt the need to post an anti-Vietnam War song on a site called My Daily Smile.
Well, truth be told, I’ve listened to that song countless times over the years and it never occurred to me that it might be an anti-war song.
But sure enough, after listening to it again and paying closer attention the lyrics, I realized there are indeed several tangential references to war in it.
The thing is, I don’t really hear “Galveston” as an anti-war song…
To me it sounds like a simple love song from the perspective of a soldier who is off fighting in some far-away land and greatly missing his sweetheart.
Of course your impression of this song could well be different from mine, and that’s fine. But I believe it’s a really good song either way.
I’ve reposted the famous video of Glen (and Steve Wariner) performing “Galveston” live below so you can listen to it again and make your own judgement about it.
Again, if you disagree with my take on it, that’s fine. But I’d love to hear your opinion about it.
Note: You can watch this video at full screen by clicking the little “square” icon in the lower-right corner of the video after it begins playing.