Galveston (Glen Campbell)

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"Galveston" is the title of a 1969 song written by Jimmy Webb and popularized by Glen Campbell. The song describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston: "I still hear your sea waves crashing/as I watch the cannons flashing/ I clean my gun/And dream of Galveston."

The song was widely perceived as a protest song, which is also underlined in the original promo video as Campbell is dressed up in a military outfit. However, Webb admitted in interviews that he didn't have the Vietnam War in mind when he wrote the song, as he had imagined it taking place during a battle of the Spanish-American War, the time period when the City of Galveston reached its civic peak.

In 2003, this song ranked #8 in CMT's 100 Grestest Songs in Country Music. Glen Campbell's version of the song also made #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the country music and "Easy Listening" charts. It was certified gold by the RIAA in October 1969....


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