Is there a better antiwar pop song than “Galveston,” which Jimmy Webb wrote and Glen Campbell sang in the Vietnam-hued year of 1969? Therein, a young soldier daydreams of his Texas home by the Gulf and the girl he left behind. He describes the things he misses—“seawaves crashing,” “seabirds flying in the sun”—and confesses, “I am so afraid of dying” without seeing girl or Galveston again.
There is not a single note of preachiness or abstraction in the song. Yet in elevating home over foreign crusades, “Galveston” borders on sedition. It really ought to be banned under the Patriot Act.
From other articles and interviews I have read/watched with GC, as well as discussions with Glen fans, one in particular, I got the impression that regardless of Glen's political views and party associations through the years, he preferred not to mix politics with entertainment. He felt a certain responsibility as an entertainer to generally not get involved or voice his opinions publicly about controversial subjects being battled in the political arena. Do other fans have the same or a different impression??
On the other hand, I do remember reading an article or perhaps discussing an article with a fan that concerned Glen and Kim's public stand against abortion. Can't remember the details of this story, but I do believe it might have taken place when they lived in Phoenix? Anyone remember this story
He (Glen Campbell) remains a close friend of veteran New York comedians Tommy and Dickie Smothers, whose show was pulled when, as Campbell puts it, “they made one joke too many about Richard Nixon.” Despite their radically differing views, Campbell had been a mainstay of the Sixties TV show The Smothers Brothers, even though there were certain things he was not prepared to do for them.
“In one sketch I was supposed to refer to Ronald Reagan as a homosexual. I looked in the dictionary to be sure what the word meant. I didn’t want to badmouth the governor of California.” He also declined to perform the Sinatra standard “I Believe (For Every Drop Of Rain That Falls)” when he discovered that Tommy Smothers planned to display, on a screen behind him, images from Vietnam. Three months after the Smothers brothers’ show was cancelled, under pressure from the White House, The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour replaced it.
“I was a slow-talking country boy with conservative values,” he (Glen) says.
Robert Chalmers: “Wasn’t it you,” I ask him (Glen), “who once said journalists lie so much that they have to get another guy to call their dog?”
Glen Campbell: “I did say that, because a lot of the guys I met, years ago, just didn’t give a [...]. I’ve finally realised that you do what you do in the eyes of God. Those people were lying on paper. God hates liars. Not that we are perfect, in the entertainment industry. The majority of people in this business are bullsh*tters.”
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