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“Sam Stone came home to his wife and family
after serving in the conflict overseas
and the time that he served had shattered all his nerve
and left a little shrapnel in his knee
but the morphine eased the pain
and the grass grew round his brain
and gave him all the confidence he lacked
with a Purple Heart and a monkey on his back

There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes
Jesus Christ died for nothing I suppose
little pictures have big ears
don’t stop to count the years
sweet songs never last too long on broken radios

Sam Stone’s welcome home didn’t last too long
he went to work when he’d spent his last dime
and Sammy took to stealin’ when he got that empty feelin’
for a hundred dollar habit without overtime
and the gold rolled through his veins
like a thousand railroad trains
and eased his mind in the hours that he chose
while the kids ran around wearing other people’s clothes

There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes
Jesus Christ died for nothing I suppose
little pictures have big ears
don’t stop to count the years
sweet songs never last too long on broken radios

Sam Stone was alone when he popped his last balloon
climbing walls while sitting in a chair
and they played his last request
while the room smelled just like death
with an overdose hovering in the air
‘cause life had lost it’s fun and there was nothing to be done
but trade his house that he bought on the G.I. bill
for a flag-draped casket on a local hero’s hill



There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes
Jesus Christ died for nothing I suppose
little pictures have big ears
don’t stop to count the years
sweet songs never last too long on broken radios”.

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John Prine, Sam Stone – 4:14
(John Prine)
Album: John Prine (1971)

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Citazioni.

Sam Stone is a song written by John Prine about a drug-addicted veteran with a Purple Heart and his death by overdose. It appeared on Prine‘s eponymous 1971 debut album. The song was originally titled “Great Society Conflict Veteran’s Blues“. The most familiar refrain in the song is “There’s a hole in daddy’s arm, where all the money goes“.
The song is usually interpreted as a reference to the phenomenon of heroin or morphine addiction among Vietnam war veterans. (An identical surge of addiction followed the Civil War, where morphine addiction was known as ‘Soldiers Disease’). The song does not mention the Vietnam War, saying only that Sam returned from “serving in the conflict overseas”. There is a single explicit reference to morphine but Prine alludes to heroin on several occasions including the use of the term “habit,” slang commonly associated with heroin use, and the line “he popped his last balloon,” very likely referring to one of the ways in which street heroin is commonly packaged – in small rubber balloons.
The song has been interpreted by numerous artists, including Swamp Dogg, Al Kooper, and Laura Cantrell, among others. Johnny Cash covered the song in a live concert, changing the line “Jesus Christ died for nothing, I suppose” to “Daddy must have hurt a lot back then, I suppose“, and later “Daddy must have suffered a lot back then, I suppose“.
Sam Stone” ranked eighth in a Rolling Stone magazine poll of the ten saddest songs of all time. Parts of the melody of “Sam Stone” were used by Roger Waters in the opening of “The Post War Dream“, a song on Pink Floyd‘s 1983 album The Final Cut. The song is indirectly referenced in “Cop Shoot Cop…“, which closes Spiritualized‘s 1997 album, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space – the lyrics “There’s a hole in my arm where all the money goes/Jesus Christ died for nothing, I suppose“, are almost identical to the memorable refrain of “Sam Stone“.

(Wikipedia, voce Sam Stone (song))

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