For those service men and women whom Memorial Day honors, here is Jason Isbell’s beautiful and heartbreaking song Dress Blues, written for his high school friend, Marine Cpl. Matthew Conley, who was killed at age 21 in Iraq in February 2006 when his Humvee rode over an improvised explosive device.
Conley left behind his young wife who was pregnant with their first child.
Then, of course, once again The Band Plays Waltzing Matilda. written by Scottish-born Australian singer-songwriter Eric Bogle in 1971, four years before the fall of Saigon.
Below you’ll find two versions. The first sung by the great Liam Clancy.
The second by the Pogues’ Shane MacGowan.
Both versions are devastating and unduplicable.
As you listen, remember that Los Angeles County has the largest population of homeless war veterans in the nation.