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Reckless Kelly spills beliefs with "American Blood"

Thursday, May 8, 2008 – Reckless Kelly ges political on "Bulletproof," their disc dropping June 24 on Yep Roc. "American Blood" is an anti-war song about an 18-year-old soldier going off to war.

The soldier asks "what happens when soldiers return home," and criticizes "George" for sitting "home with his feet on his desk, while the boys got theirs in the sand."

Reckless Kelly's Willy Braun said, "I've never been a very political guy. I'm just a songwriter trying to tell a story and attempting to shed light on the cold hard truth that not everything about this war makes sense. The song is about the fact that there are some people in Washington making a lot of money on this war at the expense of the 30,000 plus American soldiers who have been killed or injured on the frontlines." "Whether you are for the war, or against it, I think we can all agree that the troops deserve absolute support and respect for the job they are doing and 'American Blood' is a tribute to the sacrifices made by the men and women in uniform and their families."

Reckless Kelly supports the armed forces with an honorary webpage with photos and messages from soldiers: http://www.recklesskelly.com/rksoldiers.htm

Lyrics to the song are: "johnny can't drink 'cause johnny ain't twenty-one but he's eighteen and pretty handy with a gun they shipped him off to a foreign land gave him a new pair of boots and thirteen grand and he came back home with american blood on his hands george is a real go getter and he's runnin' the show and he should have known better but his old man told him to go he sits at home with his feet on his desk while the boys got their's in the sand a million miles away with american blood on their hands johnny can't walk but the medic says he's o.k. to fly and the newspapers tell us he's a hero and a hell of a guy they sent him up to washington for a photo op with a smoking gun he's got a purple heart and american blood on his hands black gold for silver stars cold hard cash for armored cars the brass ain't fightin' but they're sure as hell taking a stand and they'll have to live with american blood on their hands now george stands up on a boat proudly waving the flag he says the hard part's over and we knew it wouldn't be so bad but roadside bombs and six long years were never really part of the plan what's a couple thousand more with american blood on their hands black gold for silver stars cold hard cash for armored cars the brass ain't fightin' but they're sure as hell taking a stand and they'll have to live with american blood on their hands now johnny can drink all day 'cause he's twenty-three he donated his legs to the worldwide land of the free he cries god bless america but god damn uncle sam while he stares through the tears with american blood on his hands black gold for silver stars cold hard cash for armored cars the brass ain't fightin' but they're sure as hell taking a stand and they'll have to live with american blood on their hands"

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