Girl in the War

If you haven’t heard “Girl in the War” by Josh Ritter, do yourself a favor and listen.

Peter said to Paul you know all those words we wrote
Are just the rules of the game and the rules are the first to go
But now talking to God is Laurel begging Hardy for a gun
I got a girl in the war man I wonder what it is we done

I’ve said from the get-go that this war is different because it’s not just young men dying, it’s men and women of all ages, from all walks of life. However you get your death toll (I usually catch it on ABC’s This Week), you can’t help but notice the 30-something, 40-something, and even 50-something ages listed, along with occasional names like Deborah or Maria.

I work part-time at UPS, and one of our drivers, a guy named Henry, got word a couple of weeks ago that his 20-something Army officer daughter is being called to Iraq in November. He’s spent the time since trying to locate the special knives, armor, and other protection her friends already there have warned her to bring.

After he gave money to another driver to pick up something at a gun shop on that driver’s route, I asked him how he’s doing with the whole thing. “I’m not really thinking about it,” he said. “I’m trying to make sure she has what she needs but it hasn’t sunk in yet.” He paused. “It’s pretty scary.” I tried to think of something to say along the lines of, “I’m sure it will be fine,” or, “It’s so wonderful that she’s doing this with her life.” I settled on a line that was at least true. “You must be proud to have such a brave daughter.”

Because the keys to the Kingdom got locked inside the Kingdom
And the angels fly around in there but we can’t see them
I got a girl in the war Paul I know that they can hear me yell
If they can’t find a way to help her they can go to Hell
If they can’t find a way to help her they can go to Hell

3 Responses »

  1. www.buzzflash.net October 29, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

    Girl in the War

    It’s not just young men getting blown up in Iraq

  2. c October 29, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

    SHOULDN’T BE NO WOMEN IN THE WAR!!! AND THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY WOMEN IN THE GOVERMENT HIGH OFFICES AND NO WOMEN PREACHERS! THIS IS FROM THE KING JAMES VERSION OF THE HOLY BIBLE! ALL GOV PEOPLES NEED TO GET BACK TO WHY THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED!——-RELIGION- WHICH WILL GET OUR COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK!

  3. Marion Delgdo November 9, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

    This country was founded to get away from an official state religion such as “c” advocates.

    c, if you want theocracy because you want it, fine. But what you are saying about the founding of America is completely false. With no wiggle room. It’s simply a lie. And I thought Satan was in charge of those.

Leave a Reply