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It was a story that I read in the paper and then couldn't get out of my head for a long time, maybe because of its certain proximity to where we live. There was a lady in San Diego who went up to UCSF and became a nurse. She was a really ambitious woman and she decided she was going to join the US Army. She went to Afghanistan as part of this program you seldom see, but basically women were put in the line of fire for the purpose of speaking to other women in rural areas because it was so taboo for men to speak to women in those areas. So women that wouldn't ordinarily see combat, did . . . and she was killed there.  I happen to read a lot about her family and a lot about the story and couldn't get it out of my head so I put it to lyrics.
That's one of those old Scotch Irish tunes that came over and became an American standard fiddle tune. We all met playing 20's and 30's blues, string band music, jug band music, all of that. and it sort of evolved into a rock-n-roll band, so the first tune is just one of the  many old-time tunes that we play together. We don't get a chance to to do that as much anymore, but when we do, we still play that tune. It also has a cellist on it and that became an influence on the band's sound and we started bowing during our rock set and also during the old-time set. Every once in awhile you get one of those rural string band players playing cello and it's a little more dignified.