Frank Cable-mills-Blue Guitar gallery-070811 by Orionstarband published on 2011/11/24 17:36:25 +0000 Harmonica: G, Capo: 7th Harmonica intro Refrain My old man and his old man and his old man still worked in the mills and factories of Lawrence. On the Merrimack River where the water color changed depending on the color of the uniform. Since the turn of the century the din of the factory has drowned…. Drowned in sounds of war drowned in sounds of war. Harmonica fill In the dusty morning hour he took a lunch pail from the table and he walked down to the river cause he was wiling and able. Until he got to drinking and turned his back upon the family. Then my father took his place there He was only 14… When he went to the factory to a world of broken dreams of soot and steam. He walked down to the factory See he was only just 14. He was a bright but unread boy who dreamed of doing better things than stitching soldiers britches so he left when he was 17. Legs as fast as lightening he had a good hand on the trigger so they shipped him overseas to do a tour in Korea He was a soldier at 19 spit shine polished Marine sharpest thing you’d ever seen a killer at 19. Harmonica fill Now he and mom were married and stationed in Morocco. Colleen and I were born there then we moved to San Diego. Outside that Aircraft carrier he took me in his arms and he gave me one last kiss as he left for Vietnam The war in Vietnam Agent orange and Napalm Burned their homes, burned their farms Man, we did those people harm. Refrain My old man has two legs of sand Agent Orange fills his veins in a nursing home in Maine Yet he’s still running up that hill running home from the Mill. The dinner bell ringing from his momma’s front porch And there’s a man like me crying overseas wishing for a father that was taken long ago. What could have been he’ll never know So what have we to show? Except generations full of sorrow. My old man and his old man and his old man still worked in the mills and factories of Lawrence. Where the water color changed depending on the color of the uniform. Since the turn of the century the din of the factory has all but drowned in sounds of war But, please tell me what for?