Veterans Day Beefheart


I cry but I can’t buy
Your Veteran’s Day poppy
It don’t get me high
It can only make me cry
It can never grow another
Son like the one who warmed me my days
After rain and warmed my breast
My life’s blood

From Wikipedia:

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of [Veterans] Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

From Lester Bangs’ 1969 review of Trout Mask Replica, the album on which “Veterans Day Poppy” appeared:

… While many other groups have picked up on the trappings of the new jazz, [Captain Beefheart] and the Magic Band are into its essence, the white-hot stream of un-“cultured” energy, getting there with a minimum of strain to boot. This is the key to their whole instrumental approach, from the drummer’s whirling poly- and even a-rhythmic patterns (compare them to Sonny Murray’s on Ayler’s Spiritual Unity or Ed Blackwell’s on Don Cherry’s Symphony for Improvisers), to the explosive, diffuse guitar lines, which (like Lou Reed’s for the Velvet Underground or Gary Peacock’s bass playing on Spiritual Unity) stretch, tear, and distend the electric guitar’s usual vocabulary with the aim of extending that vocabulary past its present strictly patterned limitations…

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